Though I’ve maintained an entirely lax seating policy this year, I told them I was bored with the configuration, which had been constant since August. I told them to pack up, go outside, and wait near the door.
I walked outside and tossed out some mental arithmetic:
- What’s 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 1?
- What’s 5 • 4 • 3 • 2 • 1?
- How many quarters are in $7.50?
- What is the only state that grows coffee?
As students tossed hands up and answered questions correctly, I let them grab a friend and pick any seat inside.
As far as meaningful assessment goes, I doubt Bloom would approve. As far as seating selection goes, it’s my favorite.
[meekly pickpocketing my high school math teacher, Sid Bishop]