Class began with the students working on a “pattern” problem. They each received a problem (lettered A-E). They attempted it on their own, then after about a minute, found classmates with the same letter. Together, they were to check, help, and make sure they all had the same answer. I loved seeing the students collaborate! Each group then went up to the smartboard to teach/show the class their method of figuring out the pattern. Within the groups, many showed different ways of figuring out the problem (exactly what I had hoped!) I always like to do group activities like this. They take ownership in their work and it’s nice to see students teaching! The rest of class was dedicated to Exponents! We did a brief smartboard activity then finished the class with some notes and practice.

## About Gretchen Simmerson

Middle School math teacher living in Austin, Texas.

Nice idea, I’ll be trying that later this week.