One of the hardest things for me to do is learn my students’ names. I eventually do, but I’m just not good at it. So a couple of years ago, I was surfing the web via Pinterest and came across foldables as a way to engage students in key ideas using visual and tactile strategies. And during my journey I found a Name Tag Foldable over at Purple Pronto Pups blogspot. I used the ideas and have expanded to include both an opener question (usually a math problem that is a prereq for what we’ll do that day, a check to see if a skill learned earlier is still intact, a practice of a recently learned new skill, etc.) and an exit question (usually a more personal check about the students’ progress).
So this year, I decided to use the 4-flap idea with the openers on the outside flap and the exit slips on the inside. In my Precalculus class the openers for this week were : draw a sketch or icon that represents your summer, what would be your theme song and why, what activities are you involved in, solve the equation 3-2|2k-1|>-31. Exit slips included: ask any question or comment, 3-2-1 format (3 key things about today, 2 questions, and 1 connection to previous learning), tweet about today and rate your understanding of the Prerequisite and Review of Algebra 2 problems so far. Each night I read and commented on their submission. Next week, they will continue to post their name tag so I can (hopefully) learn their names. What do you do to learn your students’ names quickly?