This way they truly understand what they are finding when solving a system.
Next day I wanted them to do the “set equal to method” (aka substitution when both equations are solved for the same variable.).
I’m always looking for ways to let kids practice in class without necessarily even realize that is what they are doing because they are having a little fun doing it.
We are working on solving systems of equations and started out by solving via graphing.
A common rule of thumb, at least on the internet, is that it’s okay to be interested in someone “half your age plus seven” years.
So I pulled out Kate Nowak’s (one of my math teacher idols) math speed dating activity. I then handed out a set to each group being mindful of the level of difficulty when I initially handed them out.
still pretty young to me, honestly, but I guess 5 years isn’t that much.
Jared Leto is, crushingly, out of my age range (39), but let’s be honest.
Basically the desks were lined up with two desks per pod. I told the students they needed to solve their problem in their group and become “experts” at their problem.
When they were done I checked their answers and helped clear up any mistakes.