What are some of your favorite ways to teach students to think quickly and practice time management?
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Here's an interesting problem that I came up with the other night. Assuming in straight speed dating, the men stay at their tables, the "sitting" men in gay speed dating won't meet one another (nor will the "standing" men).
I cover two venues in southeast England for one of the largest dating companies in the country.
Speed-dating has become ironic; it’s actually one of the slowest forms of dating around.
Speed-daters, by contrast, have on any given night around 10 potential matches.
Cue lots of funny stories for dinner parties for years to come. I'm sure fellow EBs have their own to share for a giggle. He rings and asks me out for dinner and names a restaurant.
Speed dating with released AP English prompts can help with just this task.
This exercise can be used to practice AP Literature open questions or AP Language argument questions. See the post AP Lang and Lit prompts for an exhaustive list.
You should be able to convince yourself that each person meets each other after N rounds, but you can't do better as each person needs to meet N-1 others and has to sit out once. It's a little complex, but essentially you split the room into 2 parts, and then have 1/2 the room meet the other 1/2.
This activity worked really well; the idea is that one half of the class will answer question A, and the other question B.