In case you're not familiar with the premise of speed dating in the classroom, here's a brief overview:

1. Create a deck of cards that has a question on one side and the answer on the other side.

2. Pass out the cards to students with the question side facing up.

3. Instruct each student to solve the problem in front of them before checking their answer by flipping the card over.

4. Have students stand up and find a partner.

5. Students take turns quizzing their partner and coaching/praising them.

6. Once the pair has successfully answered both questions, the partners should trade cards.

7. Find a new partner.

8. Repeat.

So, why is it called speed dating?

In speed dating, the goal is to meet as many people as possible in as little time as possible. At the end of each "mini date," you trade information in case you later decide you want to get in contact. My high school students normally love the analogy. If you don't think your students can handle the dating analogy, you can call this activity it's other common name: Quiz, Quiz, Trade.

Our first speed dating activity of this year was created to review the following vocab words: absolute value, opposite, reciprocal, and opposite reciprocal. In the past, I've done speed dating with recognizing inequalities, naming polynomials, significant figures, and logarithms.

This summer, I had an epiphany. Normally, I either hand write my speed dating cards (works in a pinch, but makes it hard to share) or type them up in publisher and print/laminate them (lots of work, but easy to share/reuse). Last year, I had a chance to buy a BUNCH of printable business cards (affiliate link) from NAEIR.

These have been a game changer for making reusable activities for my classroom. After I run them through my printer, I just snap them apart and put them in a small ziplock baggie for each group. No laminating and no cutting needed!

Here are a few example cards:

Front

Back

Front

Back

Here's some action shots of my students during our speed dating adventure. It was so hard to block out their precious faces because they were full of smiles and laughter. You could truly tell that my students were enjoying themselves while practicing algebra!

Have a peek at what my templates ended up looking like!

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You can download the file to make your own set here.

I use speed dating in my German 2 class to practice past participles. It's kind of like walking flash cards. It works quite well, but one problem I run into is that students don't necessarily "date" all of the possible past participles if they just move around the room randomly. Do you have this problem, or are your classes small enough that it isn't an issue? Last time I tried a more organized setup where students formed two concentric circles and one circle rotated to find a new date. It took FOREVER to get my classes set up to do this, but it seemed to increase the number of different words they saw. Just wondering if you have this issue too?

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