This year I am really happy with the openers I give students each day. However, right now students are burnt out on estimating and visual patterns. I try not to repeat any single type of opener each week, but never seem to quite pull off the review/get-them-thinking about math sorta ones.
Whenever I pick an opener, I try and hit as many of these points as I can:
- Low entry point so all students are engaged
- Gets ’em thinking
- Is relevant to the days lesson
- Unfolds to become social
- Takes under 10 minutes
- Has some sorta aspect that allow students to self-correct
Today was a practice day on solving quadratic equations. Have a look at my opener:
I am in a weird limbo right now; I want to address misconceptions yet at the same time keep my students engaged because summer time is looming. Depending on how you look at these questions, the opener may hit on all the points above or miss ’em entirely. In my classes, it produced maybe 50% engagement, while everyone else just wrote down everything down then filibustered.
Here are a couple a questions I have for everyone out there:
- On a typical day, what does your classroom look like during the first 10 minutes?
- If you have some sort of question on the board to start with, do you a) Have students share responses to the questions, b) Straight up show the answers/work, c) Work through the problems in front of the class, or d) Move on and collect them at a later time for grading.
I am surely overlooking some options for #2.
Maybe my methods are totally off.. Who knows? I am looking forward to some conversation/criticism.