Algebra - man oh man the range of abilities in my Algebra classes! And that's in terms of effort, motivation, comprehension, so on and so on.
So, here's what I tried and it worked out really well - Tiered Tasks. Tiered tasks is the idea of working on the same topic but setting up activities which work at varying levels. I called it . . . SALSA!
Unit Focus - Solving Equations
Problem Set A - mild salsa (one step equations / two step equations)
Problem Set B - spicy salsa (two step equations / distributive property / combining like terms)
Problem Set C - inferno (solving equations of all sorts, sizes, and shapes).
This set up was awesome as I went around as the "waiter" and got the students' order - if the problem set they chose was too easy, then I gave them the next one up . . . and it could work the other way, but students didn't take this option = motivation/increased effort when stuck. Win win!
Then to top it off, I gave the students "desert" - a quick summary question/worksheet to tie it all together.
The students joked that I didn't give them an "appetizer" so will need to work on an opener next time.
Today I had students asking to do the A,B,C activity again. That's what I'm talking about.
I need to come up with some more variety in terms of set up, but the premise of having tiered tasks is something that I think will be a consistent in my lessons.
Might use it for this week's assessment coming up.
Next topic ahead - inequalities.
Focus this past week was on midpoint, angle bisectors, segment addition, angle addition. Lots of algebra here . . . amazing how they freak out about solving for x!
Still don't feel like I have gotten into a groove yet with the classes, but they have some awesome personalities and effort/creativity has been great. Check out some of the avatars they created.
Avatars - Honors Geometry
Once we get our tablets, google acounts, etc. . . . it's on! I can't wait. Neither can the students.
Busy weekend ahead . . . soccer games for the kids Saturday and working at the Bengals on Sunday. If we can't beat the Browns, then it's gonna be a long year.