Death by Subtraction {Solving Equations with Variables on Both Sides}

Do you ever see something and just get tickled down to your core? While grading a pop quiz {one that I was very much dreading to grade}, I found this:


I know it’s not a very ‘happy’ picture, but it did make my heart smile to see his understanding of the concepts!  I was truly dreading grading this pop quiz, but my students did REALLY well. This is the first time that I have EVER taught my regular 8th grade class {not algebra} to solve equations with variables on both sides. Students struggled, I mean STRUGGLED, with chapter 1 which was solving two-step equations with integers.  I worked in equations every chance I get, but it is sometimes difficult to know whether it’s making a difference.  Overall, the students rocked this pop quiz. On top of the excitement, I get this gem of a picture!