I have been thinking what I want my first days of school to be like and I want to know where my Algebra II students are in terms of how they are feeling about math. Since we talk about scatterplots and how to interpret them, I thought it might be interesting to put up the following grid on the board on the first day:
I will give each student a sticker (I was going to have them use their name but then I figured that this way I can keep it kind of anonymous) and have them paste it up where they feel they align.
I think this could work really well
- I can learn how the class feels about mathematics in a general sense
- I can incorporate our scatterplot intro in the beginning of the year with a real activity
- I think students would be willing to discuss when I ask a question like “how many people think math is easy in this classroom?”
I like low-entry first day activities for algebra like this to get kids discussing and then hopefully change their opinions by the end of the year!