We have been reviewing our unit on mental addition. The Unit 6 test was given before break and several students needed review of missed concepts. One activity that helps increase student participation and retention of material is a structure called “Quiz, Quiz, Trade.” This is a Kagan structure, one of many structures that students are taught in the classroom to help increase engagement and learning. The structure works like this: each student receives a flashcard with a math problem written on the front. He/she must solve it and write the answer on the back. Then, once the entire class is ready with their card, each student stands up and walks around the room with the card in the air. Two students pair up and quiz each other on their card. If the card is answered correctly, the two students high five each other and switch cards before moving on to find another partner. If the card is answered incorrectly, one must gently encourage the other and give strategy hints until the problem is solved. Students continue walking around and pairing up with students/cards until the class has been quizzed on the majority of cards.
What’s unique about this structure is that it is a fun, engaging alternative to a paper/pencil review before the test. Students enjoy being in the “driver seat” as the teacher and helping their peers master learned concepts. Whenever I tell students we’re going to do this activity, there’s an audible “yes!!” shouted in excitement. They love it!