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It began in 1999 with a book by Harvard-educated Rabbi Yaacov Deyo, who decided the best way for Jewish singles to meet and get married was to get a group of singles all together in one room and rotate them among each other at seven-minute intervals, just long enough to get a quick taste; at the end of the round-robin, participants indicate which partners they''d like to meet again.
That''s the idea behind speed dating, a new trend in matchmaking that''s like thrift shopping for love.
I wanted to use a smaller "test" group before trying this with a class of 35 eighth graders, so I tried it with our resource reading classes first.
These classes are designed for struggling readers and generally have fewer than ten students. I had the best results with the eighth grade class, who better understood all my dating jokes ("sometimes you have to kiss some frogs", "sometimes you have to throw that fish back in", "if at first you don't succeed", etc.).
The data comes from a series of heterosexual speed dating experiements at Columbia University from 2002-2004.
In these experiments, you each met all of you opposite-sex participants for four minutes.
I just told them to sit anywhere and that we would be moving soon enough. I am excited to add a fun twist for when I do this lesson again.
Then you were asked if you would like to meet any of them again.
Because of the nature of the class, the students do not tend to be readers, nor are they generally intrinsically-motivated to read. They really enjoyed this lesson, and my eighth grade library assistants, who saw the speed dating as they worked in the library, all asked me to do this with their classes, too. For the reading resource classes, I chose high-interest genres such as horror, humor, manga, nonfiction, survival, romance, sports, and realistic fiction. For my classes, I added a second nonfiction table since it was full every time.