Monthly Archives: November 2010

Deep Practice, Leveling, and Communication

Does a student know that they are confused and can they express that to their teacher? We need formative assessment and self-assessment to go hand-in-hand. I agree that formative self-assessment is the key. Often, I think students don’t take the … Continue reading

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Level Up with Formative Assessment to Improve Communication

How often does a student come for extra help and say “I don’t get it”?  And, how many times have I replied, “That is not a question”?  I need to help them diagnose what they “don’t get.”  More importantly, they … Continue reading

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Learning, liking what we do, bright spots, and literacy

I do not know how to find the square root of a whole number without a calculator. I have number sense; I can estimate that the square root of 21 is between 4 and 5, closer to 5. I wonder … Continue reading

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Calculator is to Arithmetic as Spell Checker is to Spelling???

Is using a calculator for math comparable to using a word processor for English? Is the calculator an arithmetic checker like the word processor is a spell or grammar checker? My friend Jeff makes a good point about technology integration … Continue reading

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