Sunday, July 15, 2012

Guided Math, Chapter 8

Assessment in Guided Math is being hosted by Brenda @ Primary Inspired

I'm really trying to wrap my head around formative versus summative assessments. The way I understand it is formative is a about learning what the student knows throughout the unit of study and then advancing them forward. Summative is the unit end test. I took lots of those when I was a primary and secondary student.

I hope to create a vision for learning with my students next year. To be able to give my students an idea of what "success" with this unit would look like. It seems like a lot of front work, but worth it in the end. Again I see how understanding the Daily 5 will help... Tell the students why what they learn is important, for now, and for their future.

As a student (and as a teacher) I always like to know what is expected of me, and I suppose these young students are not much different. This could definitely help the students who struggle, they will know the expectations and will (I hope) rise to meet it.

Sammons gives some tips for good feedback.
1. Be corrective.
2. Be timely.
3. Be specific to criterion.
4. Allow students to give some of their own feedback.

When I have a plan of what the students need to be able to do and understand, I will be a more focused and conscious teacher. Then we will know when we have gotten to that point, and celebrate it and be ready to move forward even again.

Sounds like a great plan. Think I better get working on my yearly plan.

Only one more chapter to go. And if you want to read previous chapters check here...

Chapter 1: Primary Inspired
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  2. I used to get formative and summative mixed up until someone told me to think "Formative: inFORM your teaching, Summative: SUM up what they've learned." I'm also a little gray on the exemplars for student success. I can see where it would be easy to do them for data and graphing, but can't wrap my head around how to create one for something like learning measurement...Definitely something I need to think more on.


  3. I agree with you...providing that vision of success really has the potential of creating success for my kiddos. I've not done this before in math. You know, you would think if it's successful for other academic areas...why not math? Not sure why I hadn't thought of doing it.
    Please stop by & link up your post.

    Primary Inspired


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