The Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practice (MPs) have been available for a while now. They lay out eight habits that mathematicians embody. They've been instructive in what to teach and how to teach. They've also been helpful in providing a comprehensive vision of what math classrooms can be. MP1. Make sense of problems and … Continue reading A DRAFT rubric to assess the Common Core State Standards of Mathematical Practice

## Specifics before Strategies

In this blog post, we'll explore how to get specific with math or non-math classroom issues before we develop strategies. We'll also see an example of how to build a rubric from the ground up. === “My kids just won’t work together.” This (or something like it) is a common complaint I hear during professional … Continue reading Specifics before Strategies

## Your Student Portfolio System Begins Now

As we transition back into School Mode, I’d like to offer a brief encouragement to use this school year to establish a system of student portfolios. If you’d like a “why” around this, I’ll point you to my Shadowcon Talk from a couple years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKgyvk28STM If you’d prefer not to watch a video, here … Continue reading Your Student Portfolio System Begins Now

## Portfolio Problems: Rebuilding Assessment with Rich Tasks

We have the technology. We can rebuild assessment. We can make it better than it was. Better, stronger, more accurate. We all understand how assessment has served as a destructive force in our classrooms. And we’re all to blame. While the obvious perpetrators of destructive assessment are those foisted upon us by states and districts, … Continue reading Portfolio Problems: Rebuilding Assessment with Rich Tasks

## Equalizing practice and assessment

I've made it a habit to retweet this once a month or so from Jenn (@DataDiva) who I look up to as a leader in the field of teacher- and student-friendly assessment. . @emergentmath "Assessment is at its best when it is ongoing and most difficult to distinguish from the teaching that is occurring." — … Continue reading Equalizing practice and assessment

## Taxonomy of Problems (Part 2): Ways and what to assess

In my last post, I tossed out a loose taxonomy to name four different types of problems: Content Learning Problems Exploratory Problems Conceptual Understanding Problems Assessment Problems I felt it necessary for myself. Up until now, I'd been labeling all problem equally: they're problems! They're tasks that are supposed to get students to learn stuff! … Continue reading Taxonomy of Problems (Part 2): Ways and what to assess