Ideas for teaching high school and middle school math. Innovative approaches that address the changing ways that today's student learns material.
I spend the class before a test reviewing. This can be a very useful day for students or a complete waste of time where nothing is accomplished. I have found that providing a VERY structured class helps students more than just saying: "Work on your study guide for class." 

I try to switch activities at least every 15 minutes to keep it from getting stale. Below you will find two different layouts I use to review. The document/files attached are in relation to the first method described. 

Example of a review day in class (The PowerPoint is in reference to this layout):
0:00-0:10  Take a 7 minute time trial and take 3 minutes for checking and questions (Kuta has some great resources)
0:10-0:17    Return recent quiz/homework and take 7 minutes to go over (loving my document camera for this!)
0:17-0:18   Stretch break (hope they enjoy the cartoon clips I found)
0:18-0:23   "I have..., who has..." vocabulary game. (See file attached below)
0:23-0:33   Take 10 minutes to go over questions from the study guide as a class (I set a timer to keep this to 10 minutes)
0:33-0:43   4 Corner Activity to go over a concept that students typically struggle with 
0:43-0:55   Free study time (work with a partner, finish your study guide, ask Ms. Turbiville a question, etc...)

Another example of a review day in class:
0:00-0:10  Work on your study guide individually with no notes. Highlight problems that you are having trouble with. You may not ask Ms. Turbiville questions. 
0:10-0:20   Work on your study guide individually with your notes/book. Make a strong attempt to answer the questions you highlighted. You may not ask Ms. Turbiville. (I want them to learn to relay on what they know so I do not allow students to ask me questions for the first 20 minutes) Solution keys will be posted on the board and they may refer to those.
0:20-0:35  You may work with a partner and ask Ms. Turbiville questions. 
0:35-0:55  We go over questions as a class. At the end, I do allow students to take pictures of the solution key. 

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09/09/2013 18:04

I really like the second lesson structure! Thank you for sharing.
PS: Have your tried educreations? It lets you record your voice as your explain. Document camera extraordinaire.

Natalie Turbiville
09/11/2013 12:22


I have not tried educreations. Thanks for the suggestion. I will be checking it out!

Shannon Roche
10/23/2013 05:53

I have heard of I have, who has and I am interested in trying it out. Can you explain a little further and tell me how you conduct it? I am looking to do this for vocabulary/theorem/postulate review in a large Geometry class (30 students)

Natalie Turbiville
02/20/2014 07:03

"I have..., who has..." works great in large classes. I mainly had classes of 30+ last year and they (9th and 11th graders) enjoyed it.

My earlier post has a further description and an attachment to a Geometry "I have..., who has..." I used last year.

Good luck!

Corey Guderyahn
11/07/2013 10:08

I really like the structure of this lesson, I think that the "I have...who has" game is a nice way to review different concepts. I think the biggest part is allowing students to work together preferably with a peer who might understand concepts a little better than another this way they are able to explain what they know to their peer, furthering their understanding as well.

Kristen H
12/18/2013 07:31

Thank you so much for your ideas. I will be incorporating them for upcoming reviews! Your blog and resources are so creative. Am I able to use them in my own classroom? My students would enjoy them all!

01/08/2014 06:18

Good article

01/24/2014 12:22

Hi Ms. Turbiville!
I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I love how structured your classes are. As someone who likes to have every minute of my day planned out, I definitely admire your class schedule for review days. When I was in grade school, review days were exactly what you said helpful or pointless. More specifically I like the second example. I feel that students these days rely too heavily on their teachers to give them the answers rather than working for them themselves. My blog URL is and my twitter name is @hollyannshaw12

02/13/2014 19:33

Hello Natalie,
I am also a student at the University of South Alabama but taking Education Media 510. I was once a high school math teacher in a former life (16 years ago), so when I was asked by my professor to find, follow and comment on a teacher's blog, I instinctively searched for a math teacher.
I once taught Algebra I, Algebra II, and Discrete Math and Statistics. I currently work in the private sector teaching adults in an industrial setting, but looking forward to one day returning to a high school classroom. I enjoyed this post mostly because I enjoy structure and also agree students (even some of my adults) will lean on the teacher if you let them. Your methods places the responsibility back on the students and teaches time management as well. I look forward to reading your blog throughout this semester.
You can find me on twitter and on my class blog.


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Ideas for teaching high school and middle school math. Innovative approaches that address the changing ways that today's student learns material.