I use entrance cards 180 days a year. For many of the topics I teach, I have a set of entrance cards. Entrance cards are a set of 30 cards with a single problem on each one. Each problem is unique and different than the rest of the cards in the set, however all are on the same topic.
Before class begins, I pick one set of cards to use that day. As the students enter my classroom, I hand them a card. As they find their seats, they are required to copy and solve the problem in their notebook. Once the starting bell rings, I walk to each student and check their answer with the enclosed answer key. If they are correct, I take the card. If they are incorrect, I offer assistance until they are correct.
If I find that a class struggled with a particular set of cards one day, I give a mini lesson on it and use those cards again the following day.
In this set, you will receive 30 cards and an answer key for determining slope given a table of values.
Benefits of entrance cards:
• You will greet each student as they enter your classroom. Sometimes I get caught up in doing work at my desk or chatting with my colleagues that I don’t greet my students. With these cards, I have to stay at my door and greet them.
• You will have the opportunity to work one-on-one (albeit briefly) with each student at the beginning of class. I find this gives shy students a chance to ask you something they normally wouldn’t have.
• These cards work as formative assessment. If I find that a class is really struggling with a set of cards, I’ll do a mini lesson and continue to use those cards for a few days in a row until the students improve.
• Discourages cheating because each student has a different problem.
• Students are more likely to do the warm up because they can’t depend on the other students to do it for them. AKA cheat. ;-)
• I have a large collection of topics of entrance cards and use them throughout the year. When we learn a new topic, I create a new set of cards and add them to my rotation.
This item is available in my Slope Bundle: