Hi friends--it's been awhile! I've been trying to let go of technology and unchain myself from my computer a little bit more these days, spending more time with books instead...that, and things have been crazy busy. But what else is new! I took a break from blogging for awhile because I just didn't have many ideas for posts, and I feel like no one cares to read my mindless ramblings when I have nothing to say! But in the past few weeks I've finally had some ideas for a few posts, mostly classroom related things. Today's is just a quick one!
I don't know about you, but I struggle with how to make review for math tests effective and meaningful for the majority of my class. It feels like for most tests there are a handful of students who would benefit from some serious review and reteaching, and the rest of the class just needs a bit of practice. In the past, I'd spend a full class period reviewing a ton of concepts, but we all know that's not exactly best practice. One of my favorite strategies is to do a guided math format (I run guided math most days) and have the kids not working in my group complete a Math Scavenger Hunt. Sound complicated? It's actually the opposite.
I write up between 8 and 10 math problems like the kind that will be on our test on individual index cards and tape them up in "hiding places" around the room--on cabinets, bookshelves, the sides of desks, etc. Then, I have my students travel the room with their math notebooks and their "Brain Buddy" (aka math partner), find all of the review problems, and answer them in their notebook.
How do you make test review fun?
What have you been up to lately??? I've missed you guys since I dropped off the blogosphere planet...hopefully someone still reads this!! :)