Last Thursday, my third period Algebra 1 seemed to need some more help with locating points on the coordinate plane so we used an activity suggested to me by a veteran math teacher. I used blue painters’ tape to mark off x- and y-axes, and took advantage of the tile floor in the school hallway. Each student was given one coordinate and the students were asked to stand at their coordinate.
The activity revealed who understood how to locate a point on the coordinate plane using coordinates, and who did not. Some who did not know asked their friends, others stood on the side lines and I helped them find their spot. Next time, I need to be more careful not to “out” students who don’t understand a task.