I used a round-the-room activity as a closing (20-30 minute closing) for my lesson on graphing using x-and y-intercepts. The night before, my students watched a video on graphing using intercepts and how to algebraically find them. We reviewed the concept and graphed with pipe-cleaners and laminated graph paper (not in love with the exact approach I used) and then they completed this activity.
I like using this activity because the answer is there, so if they have the incorrect answer it prompts them to ask me and then I can clear up misconceptions. It is also easy to check because I make them write the answer letter in the last column. This is a great alternative to a worksheet! I have a small room and 32 freshman had enough room to complete the activity.
1) Answer sheet - 1 per student
2) Question/Answer Sheets - Print 2 pages on 1 page so each page has a question and an answer
The traditional math classroom is:
In Class: Listen to a lecture
Outside of Class: Complete concept exercises
Outside of Class: Watch lecture online (YouTube is my choice)
In Class: Complete concept exercise (under guidance of teacher)
What I have noticed...
1) It is an adjustment. Be patient and be prepared to answer ALOT of questions!
2) The response from my honor classes have been more positive than my on-level classes
I presented at my county's professional development day on incorporating reading and writing in the high school math classroom. There are great ways to use both tools in our math classrooms. I do not know even close to all the different sources but I would love to hear how you use reading and writing in your classroom.
My presentation is below.
Flatland Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8oiwnNlyE4
The Number Devil: (having trouble finding it)
Writing and Math: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq9wGg24tVI
Educator who loves math and working with students.