Adapted from a document on AP Stats Monkey I compiled helpful problems for a specific review activity. Problems are from CollegeBoard.
I gave each student a pack of all 8 problems. Then each pair was assigned one problem to become an expert on. I would check the answers of the experts only before allowing them to switch with another group that was ready. Although I wanted to go in order, it really came down to which group finished at what time. Both times I have done the activity (as of April 2018), the students loved it and some of the following comments were from an anonymous GoogleForm I sent out to them to ask for feedback after a 55 minute class period where they participated in the activity (only 11/13 students responded, but I thought it would be helpful for educators to see what they said):
"Did you enjoy the "speed dating" practice activity today? Why or why not?"
(1) I enjoyed it because it was good practice, but I would have preferred to work with my normal partner for the whole class because we work well together.
(2) Yes because it allowed me to practice the problems while having someone who knows the problem next to me.
(3) yes, lot of different types of problems
(4) yes, because it helped me remember a lot of information I had overlooked
(5) Yes because they were a wide range of different problems
(6) Yes because it helped me see where I stand and what I need to work on
(7) Yes because i didn’t get too bored sitting at my table and working
(8)Yes. It kept me focused as I was always busy doing problems and let me interact with my classmates in an engaging manner.
(9)Yes, however, i do feel it was a bit of a long process
(10) Yes because it kept us engaged and I felt more productive than usual.
(11) I only got through two problems, so I cannot answer
"What would help make today's lesson more effective?"
(1) If we could work with our partner the entire time.
(2) focus on less problems
(3) i did not get to do like half of the problems
(4) more time, if we could finish packet
(5) Shorter problems so we could get to everyone
(6) I liked it as is more than the usual classes.
(7) Maybe if we had time to go over all the questions as a class once the activity finished
(8) If we could work at our own pace we could more effectively and accurately answer questions.
(9) Doing it with the same partners would have been better
(10) Nothing really, the explanation is long, but if you do it again I feel as though it would be much more effective after there was already an explanation
(11) I do not understand how to more effectively teach statistics