Speed dating cooperative learning

This becomes the problem that each student is the “expert” at.Each time partners change, everyone’s new partner works on the problem that they are the expert at.The unit of acids and bases is difficult for most students in Advanced Placement Chemistry.The variety of various calculations can be overwhelming.This way, lower students become experts at simpler problems and build confidence as they explain these problems to new people.My higher students stay challenged throughout as they must explain their more challenging problem to each of their new partners.

Nobody wants to look like they don’t “get it,” especially in an activity called Speed Dating!This gives students a little more motivation to ask their partner to help them understand a problem—because in a minute they will have to switch partners and solve a similar problem.If I get help now, I just might be able to impress that cute girl who’s going to be my partner next!There you have it: the perfect cooperative learning activity.The first time you introduce Math Speed Dating to your students, I suggest you go at a slow pace to make sure students are taking their time to discuss the problems with one another and record their answers at the depth that you expect.

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