We tried Speed Dating in Geometry today!

I have tried the idea of Speed Dating before, but never in a geometry class. I have used it in upper level courses before, but I wasn't sure how it would work with a younger group.

I am happy to report that things went great!

It took a bit of work to get things organized, but after that, this activity ran itself.

Here is a picture of my class while they were working.

I had a geometry worksheet ready to go with 13 questions on it. I had the students sit with partners that I had selected using flippity.com. [I had 13 stations set up around the room with a problem number on each set of 2 desks.] After I gave the worksheets, I had each set of partners start with the problem number on their desk. I set a timer for 2 minutes which I projected up onto the screen. After two minutes the timer went off and students got up and switched stations. One partner moved one way and one partner moved the other way. This gave students the chance to work with many other partners throughout the class period. No one could get too comfortable because after 2 minutes, they had to move. This really kept the students working!

At the end of 26 minutes or so [2 minutes per question], the students were back in their original seats. I had them enter their answers into a google form so I could easily check their answers.

I think it's great to vary the activities in your classroom and get students up and moving - at least every once in awhile :)

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