Collaboration is essential in the developing future citizens. However, we all know that, when given a choice, students are creatures of habit and will either prefer to partner up with the same partners every time or work individually. Students need to experience working with various learning styles. As a result, I began to include a Partner Matching Activity at the beginning of every class. The process is outlined in the instructions. It is important to emphasize that students will learn to work with many different personalities. Even if they don’t “get along” with that particular student, it is only for one class. Once partnered up, students will work with their partner on any student centered activities completed during class. This person would be their first course of action when struggling and is referred to as their seat partner.
Students can be partnered in groups of 2 or 4 depending on your needs.
This particular Pair Up Activity focuses on solving linear equations in the form of ax + b = c, where a is not equal to 0. This is a Grade 8 Outcome in Alberta, however I used this as a mini review for high school graphing of equations.