Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Card Sort Woes
Download the card sort activity here.
I "completed" this card sort with my Algebra 1B students yesterday. My intention was to give the cards to the students and have them sort the cards, duh. But it didn't work like that, and I learned another valuable lesson. I have to model things for the students before they can do them efficiently.
I thought that it would be enough to tell the students to start by putting the cards into four piles, one for each form of a linear equation. But just saying it isn't enough, I needed to model it.
I never taught this lesson in the past, I would just begin the unit on writing linear equations and if the directions said to write the equation in standard form, well then write the equation in standard form. But the students never had a chance to practice doing that. So, I added this lesson into my curriculum and I was right, they didn't know how to do this. I hate it when I'm right.