I didn’t participate in “My Favorite Friday” this past week but as I think back over the week, I find that I really like setting up Partner Practice. Basically it’s a worksheet. But there are 2 sets of problems. Each set has the same answers as the other set. So partners who are completing the practice get immediate feedback if their answers match … or if their answers don’t match. So on Friday, I heard great conversations about finding slope when the answers didn’t match. My ninth graders are not really into talking math … so anytime I can structure an activity that creates the opportunity for conversation, I get excited!
This week’s Partner Practice was just a simple basic “find the slope from 2 points” activity. It comes at the end of a unit in which we have developed slope as rate of change; explored slope and its meaning in graphs and tables. All of this led up to introducing the slope formula.
All my students completed this activity successfully!