Typically, I use Desmos Activities at the beginning or end of a lesson. I have found it as a great tool to introduce or wrap up a class. However, recently I have been using activity builder more in my classroom every day. A new thing I have been doing is pairing Desmos Activites with worksheets.

**Pros of pairing them together**

- Students are writing more!
- After students complete one problem on their sheet, they follow along with the Desmos Activity until they are told to stop and move to the next problem.
- Problems go more in depth after they solve it on their paper. Students are asked to explain their answers.

- Students can check their answers.
- Instead of being called over to ask if “they did it right” students can check their answers on their own and move at their own pace.
- Students can also compare their answers with other students all around the room

- You know how ALL of your students are doing at all times
- You can see if they are doing it correctly all in one place. I’ll walk around with my iPad as I help students.
- If you realize that a lot of students are struggling with a certain problem you can put the activity on
**teacher mode ** and talk about it as a class.

- You get immediate Feedback!
- This is a great space to give an “exit ticket”, see where students are, and how you can help them!

Here is an example of a worksheet and the Desmos Activity that goes along with it about graphing and solving systems of equations.

This example is practice graphing systems of equations: Worksheet & Desmos Activity.

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Desmos is on my bucket list this year to try out in my room and I just need to jump into one and do it. I teach intervention level students and love to use more tools to help them dive deeper. How did you get started? How does this look in a class? Any recommendations on places/blogs/youTubes that would give me more ideas on how to jump in?

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