Day 1: Freshman

Today was freshman only at my school, which means I had almost all my students. The day was used to give the freshman a feel for high school without all the upperclassmen. Each period was 20 minutes and I used the time to introduce students to estimation 180 and find out a little about them.

They walked into the room and filled out the information on a note card.
They were really into this; not too much of an investment. I told them if they were calculating anything that was too much work.
Wrote our estimations up on the board, there were names attached to each of these.
“Does this change anything?”
Closest answer gets 1 clap

Almost every student was on board for the estimation portion. I was really happy with the low entry point this set for students and message; math shouldn’t be intimidating. Great first day!


2 thoughts on “Day 1: Freshman

  1. Hi Dan,

    Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear your first day went well. I’m curious how many students changed their estimate after revealing the quarters. I’m also curious if you plan on collecting student estimates, possibly finding the class average and if the class average is close to the actual amount. Have a great year!


    1. Thank you for the reply! Of my 5 classes of around 20 students each well over half of each class changed their answer. They were curious as to which coins were in the bowl to begin with. I want to try collecting all estimates and messing around with the data/comparing comparing classes soon.


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