"2 minute WSQ" (my favorite portion is about 0:23-0:31)
How often do your math students have time to sit in groups and discuss the material and ask/answer questions?
As with anything, new expectations take TIME and TRAINING for the students to get used to what they are supposed to do. We are about 5 days into this routine and I am already very happy with what I am seeing and hearing.
The best part of this time (in Math Analysis it is 5:00, BTW) is that students are doing the talking and thinking, and I am walking around the groups listening in and guiding if necessary. Most of the time the students can answer each other's questions.
When the timer goes off, I ask the groups if there were any questions posed that they couldn't answer. If so, I go over them as a class. Or, if I heard some common themes or questions among all the groups, we will go over an example as a class.
Then it's time to get to work :)
see Previous Posts about starting this "timed WSQ" here and here.
Read about the WSQ here.