We have been working on “building” equations to solve for x , literal equations and an introduction to functions. After flooding my students with function notation, I decided we needed a day to practice. One of my favorite ways to let students practice is stations. I love station work because they allow students to move around the room AND work with different people all period. I let them pick their partners to start, and I put 2 sets of partners at each station. They can work with all of the people at their table. However, I strongly encourage them to work at their own pace. If they finish and want to move on, or want to stay longer it’s all ok. Students that work at about the same pace usually end up with each other. No students are bored waiting on others to finish, and I can spend time working with students who have question. I rove from station to station answer questions so I feel like I get to connect with individuals as I help them. It is a great day all around!
I still use the clear picture frames to display the problems, but now I put the answers online, so all students can easily see them and have them for later. This also allows students who may not finish (or who are absent) to access all of the questions and solutions later. Students can access the answers by scanning a QR code at each station. Many of my kids have a scan app, but I found out yesterday (from the students of course) that Snapchat has a QR reader. Here are my function stations. The QR codes will be active until the end of the 16-17 school year.