Formative assessment is a powerful tool that can help teachers determine a student’s comprehension of mathematical concepts. Math Solutions helps teachers identify gaps in knowledge and adjust lessons accordingly to ensure understanding, which leads to student test success.
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Using Formative Assessment to Guide Math Instruction Making sense is the key to learning mathematics. Without an instructional focus on understanding, students are at risk of viewing math as a collection of procedures to be followed. This course helps teachers use assessment strategies throughout the instructional cycle to reveal students’ understanding and misconceptions. Participants develop their expertise in obtaining and using information from teacher-student discussions, student responses on written tasks, classroom discussions, and small-group interactions. During this course, teachers explore three fundamental questions: (1) What does it mean to assess understanding? (2) What are practical ways to incorporate assessment as an ongoing aspect of instruction? and (3) How can we use assessment information to support learning and improve instruction? Grades K–8.
Resource Materials: How to Assess While You Teach Math: Formative Assessment Practices and Lessons, Grades K–2 and INFORMative Assessment: Formative Assessment to Improve Math Achievement, Grades K–6
Teaching for Student Learning and Test SuccessAs testing time approaches, educators in schools across the country ask themselves, “What can we do to prepare students for the test?” This course answers a different question: How can instruction throughout the year support students’ understanding, reasoning, and problem solving and ensure that students are prepared for the tests they must take? Course experiences help teachers plan and provide instruction that takes into account how children learn, addresses the math standards students must learn, and is informed by the tests students will take. Grades 2–5.
Resource Materials: This Is Only a Test: Teaching for Mathematical Understanding in an Age of Standardized Testing
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