In chapter 5 Dr. Newton discusses the value of pre-assessing every student to get an accurate view of each student. There are several ways to accomplish this.
- Math Interviews
- Math Conferences
- Entrance Slip/Exit Slip
- Math Running Records
- Math Profile
Each of these will provide you with a better understanding of what the child knows. Dr. Newton writes that, "The teacher shouldn't be the only one who knows what is going on. Students need to know where they are and where they need to be and what the plan is to get there."
Continuing assessment is vital to guided math. Groups should be fluid and flexible. Continuing assessment allows you to gauge the effectiveness of the groups and the students' needs.
What types of pre-assessments, ongoing assessments, and summative assessments do you use?
At the beginning of the year the second grade team gives a beginning of the year assessment. This covers all the things that second graders need to know by the end of the year. This gives up a good jumping off point. We use Everyday Math for our math program. After every unit we test students on what they have learned. Throughout the unit I also make up 1 page quizzes which cover the lessons that I previously taught that week. This gives me great insight of who may need some extra work on certain topics before the test.
Our second grade math inventory
What new ideas have you gathered from this chapter?
I love the idea of having math conferences with the students to let them know where they are and where they need to go. I do this in every other subject but I never thought to do it in math. This is something that I will be trying this year. I also need to work on getting better at giving out pre-assessments. I'm not always consistent in this aspect but I am going to *try* to be better at this, this year.
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