Blog post: Review and practice: add em up
I picked this specific blog post because it’s actually one that I read and tried during my own practicum. I knew that my students needed some time to work through review problems in class but wanted to do so in a way that they would feel comfortable working together and stay on task. This activity worked fabulously! It was a nice break from the usual textbook activities (even though I just took the questions from the text) but I was able to differentiate their difficulty level based on which worksheet it fell on. I also loved the idea that students had to check their own answers in a way that didn’t directly tell them what was wrong.. they instead had to go back and discuss the answers with their group and work towards identifying their mistake themselves. When I tried this in my practicum I did encounter a few problems at the start where students kept asking me if their answer was right, but eventually they became more independent with their learning. All in all, this was a fabulous review activity, it was different enough to keep the students on track the whole class, and it really optimized their thinking and review skills. I would definitely do this again!