Assessment Thoughts (ESSAY!)

I have been asked to share my thoughts about “assessment” in the mathematics classroom. I’ll be honest and say that I really do find this a dreary topic, but that could be because of how it is currently typically done: lots of “what” questions, one after the other, all timed as though speed is of absolute importance, marks tallied and added up over an entire year (yeesh! Where’e the room for growth and change?) and a letter put on a transcript at the end of it all.

I’ve personally have struggled within the rigid system of regular quizzes and tests, common exams, and the subsequent student fears, “How will this affect my grade?”. This essay is about finding the wiggle-room within that system to make baby-steps of change. People seem to find this essay provocative. (I think it is tame!)

Assessment Thoughts


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    Written for educators - and their students too! - this website, slowly growing, takes all the content Tanton has developed in his books, videos, and workshops, and organizes it into short, self-contained, and complete, curriculum units proving that mathematics, at all points of the school curriculum, can be joyous, fresh, innovative, rich, deep-thinking, and devoid of any rote doing! Let's teach generations of students to be self-reliant thinkers, willing to flail and to use their common sense to "nut their way" through challenges, to assess and judge results, and to adjust actions to find success. (Great life skills!)


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