## Tuesday, January 5, 2016

### Entrance Questions

I'm resurrecting the index card entrance questions.  I print out questions all related to the same topic from a test generator, tape them to index cards, and then laminate them.  Every day as the students walk into class I hand them an index card.  Because each index card has a unique problem on it, I avoid this issue of one student blurting out the answer.  Also, I'm able to use the cards over and over again.

In a very small nutshell, it states that the best two ways for students to study is to self-test and study often (no more cramming).  These entrance questions take care of both those ideas.

I am concerned with the of the downtime that these will create.  If a student is struggling with a problem and I am helping him with it, there will be students with nothing to do.  I will need to find a solution to this.  Perhaps on ongoing class problem like 4 fours will solve this dilemma.

I don't know why I stopped doing these in the first place.  In any case, they are back.

For the above set of cards, I created 24 2-step equations.  They each have a unique solution (the numbers 1 - 24).  For these I could either have the students line up in order, or just simply solve them at their seats.  To check their answers, I put a letter on the top of each index card so I know which one it is, then on a separate index card I wrote my answer key.

 An example of one of the student cards.

Here are the equations if you are interested:

U --> 4x - 5 = -1 (x = 1)

O --> x/2 + 6 = 7 (x = 2)

B --> 2 = 4x - 10  (x = 3)

G --> -4 = x/2 - 6 (x = 4)

N --> 8x + 5 = 45 (x = 5)

T --> 4 + 3x = 22 (x = 6)

L --> 32 = 5x - 3 (x = 7)

F --> 7 + x/4 = 9 (x = 8)

V --> x/3 - 11 = -8 (x = 9)

P  --> 5 = 3 + x/5 (x = 10)

K --> 2 + 8x = 90 (x = 11)

M --> x/6 + 4 = 6 (x = 12)

R --> 2x -26 = 0 (x = 13)

A --> -10 + x/7 = -8 (x = 14)

H --> 9 = x/3 + 4 (x = 15)

E --> 6 = 4 + x/8 (x = 16)

C --> 1 = 3x - 50 (x = 17)

I --> x/3 - 12 = -6 (x = 18)

J --> 40 = 2x + 2 (x = 19)

Q --> x/5 - 6 = -2 (x = 20)

X --> x/3 - 10 = -3 (x = 21)

S --> -60 + 3x = 6 (x = 22)

D --> 36 = 2x - 10 (x = 23)

W --> 13 = 9 + x/6 (x = 24)