Speed dating questions for students
This enabled them to cross reference their new understanding with model responses.
This enabled students to identify and subsequently ‘fill’ any knowledge gaps that they may still have had.
The conversations between students demonstrated their understanding of their question and by the end of the lesson their knowledge of all of the topics had improved quite dramatically.
It made a nice change for them to learn from each other in quite an informal manner and getting them to walk around after small bursts of learning rather than sitting for a prolonged period behind a desk!
But now you are looking for a much closer connection.
Welcoming a new member to your family line is a big decision and you need to bond on a personal level.
They spend a few minutes with one of the “sitting” students discussing the current topic on the board. It’s just like speed dating, but the goal is to end with debate, not a date. I had my “sitting” students sit on the inside of the circle so the other half could just rotate around the outside.
There is a small amount of prep that goes into this. It just made more logistical sense in my classroom.
Giving them specific time sections for conversing vs. I just used this today and as soon as I finished I couldn’t wait to write this post. Given that the class is quite big and there is such a huge range in ability levels, I found this lesson worked fantastically well.Every student (including those who I thought may not engage that well) were completely on task for the whole duration of the lesson.As each student came into the class, they were given one question each.They were asked to sit at a table with others who had the same question.