So here are the posters I placed on tables around the room before we starting our outcome on solving equations:
We just finished learning about the properties, so I thought asking about the Inverse Property was appropriate. I don't feel like the activity went over very well. Most of the time the student stood around the poster talking about anything but math, until I walked up to them and asked what they were thinking.
I had the students go to each poster twice so that they could see how their classmates responded to them. Take a look at this.
I don't know why this is sideways, it's right-side-up when I go to upload it, sorry. Anyway, see how little writing there is? *Sigh*. I know it's hard to see, but someone wrote "I don't know." and another person wrote "I agree."
For this class, there's more writing, but more irrelevant writing. Someone wrote poems, then another person crossed them out, then the original person wrote back.
I know it's because it's the beginning of the year, but this is frustrating. Either my questions aren't doing the trick, or the students need more practice with something like this, or some combination of both. But I feel like this activity was a failure.
Have you tried this? How did it go for you?