Math Is So Romantic

I’ve been using a new review technique with the students in my Calculus class – speed dating! I wish I could take credit for it, but one of the incredibly creative teachers in the Harpeth Hall math department, Maddie Waud, introduced me to it. The first time I tried it, I was very pleased with how seriously my students took it, and after they finished, they all agreed it was helpful.

To set up a classroom for a speed dating session, divide all the desks into pairs facing each other. I put mine in a large circle.

Speed Dating1

Speed Dating2

At each pair of desks, place a problem for the partners to solve.  There are 18 students in the class, so I wrote up 9 problems. If there an odd number of students, the teacher can fill in and give whoever the solo student is some hints to solve her problem.

Problem

Give the students a set amount of time to work together on each problem. I used a timer app on my tablet that I projected to the front of the room.

timer

At the end of the allotted time, the students in the inside circle move to their left, and the students in the outside circle move to their left. The focused interaction during the speed dating session was amazing! Every student worked with every other student in the class.

Speed Dating3

Speed Dating4

Afterwards, we went through each problem to make sure everyone understood how to solve them. Then, time for the quiz.

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