Last year we sorted students into teams using cards at the beginning of each unit.
All cards can be found at this link.
The following are some of the comments that we overheard when students sorted for their Coordinate Geometry unit.
Equations! I can do equations.
If this is algebra, I’m going to do great in this unit.
Are we a team because we both have 18x?
If your slope equals -7, you are here.
Oh! We are doing slopes!
Is your slope -5/3?
Do any of you know how to do this?
Ours all look like 4x-y=2.
When we asked students at the end of the year what to stop, start, keep, and change, many said that we should keep the Team Sorting Cards. They enjoyed changing teams for each unit and getting to know and work with most of the students in the class.
This year’s class has their first test on Wednesday, and so we look forward to their first team sort on Friday (even though our Tools of Geometry/Construction Unit team sort is lame and needs to be changed before then), as the journey continues …