My mission is to get my Pre-Algebra 8th graders ready for Algebra 1 next year. I know that number theory concepts and vocabulary *need* to be mastered before things get too abstract. I also know that some topics (which have been taught over and over again since upper elementary school) still escape these promising 8th graders I have the pleasure to teach.
How do I teach a unit on basic number theory when they SHOULD already know all that stuff… but DON’T? I truly don’t have the time to spare, but how do I move forward?
I created this Socrative (iPad student clicker) quiz as a means to activate prior knowledge, pre-assess, and get a rise out of my students today.
Using the “Teacher-Paced” quiz option, only one question at a time was sent to students. I logged in as the “teacher” (of course) and displayed my view on the big screen at the front of the class. Initially, I hid the “Live Results” for each question, and when all students weighed in, I revealed the class bar graph to see how they did. As they fell for my true-or-false tricks, they threw their hands in the air with joy as well as “I-should-have-known-that” reactions. Make no mistake, it was an emotional experience!
As each question engaged students, my written comments after each question within the quiz itself served as a review lesson. However, using iPads and Socrative to deliver the content, the desire to succeed and get an attractive class bar graph made the experience more like a game than a lecture.
Judging from our color-coded data reports, we didn’t have it all together the first time through. It’s interesting to stack both data reports and note the similarly pink (A.K.A wrong) questions. At a glance, I’d say we have quite similar results from both classes! I do think we’ve cleared up some misconceptions. Students didn’t realize that the quiz also served as a math lesson today. The dialogue that happened between questions made for a custom lesson for each class, based on their needs in real-time. LOTS of A-HAs!
Using this quiz was worth the 15-minute investment at the start of class FOR SURE. How are you using Socrative?