After teaching my algebra 1 students to factor, I like for them to apply their skills of factoring to solving equations using factoring. Instead of lecturing them and then having a few minutes left at the end of the period, I instead give them a "mini-lesson" of about 10 minutes length at the start of class, during which they generally don't take notes, but simply focus on the concept.
Instead of a lecture, I hand out this worksheet, which has an example for them. They then have the bulk of the period to work on the problems in class.
I use this activity within cooperative groups, and I circulate to make sure they are getting the purpose of the questions.
The file includes spiral review problems.
For this worksheet, I expect students to show their work on a separate sheet of paper.
Please download the pdf preview file first, so you can see exactly what's included; the product file is a word document, which you may personalize for your students.