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November 15, 2009From Linda The Math CoachGo Beyond the Theory. Apply the Research. Make it work!
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This Week’s Theme:Learning Progression for Algebra IBreak Out Of The Teach -Test - Reteach Cycle
Not everyone comes to Algebra I with the same skill set. You discover this whenyou present your lesson and 63% of your students stare blankly and then say “Idon’t get it.” So do you just plug ahead and hope for the best. Reteach thosewho fail the first test?Last week we looked at why reteaching does not work. So now let’s look at howto apply a learning progression to “Get er done.”Let’s begin with the end in mind.
Suppose that students must master thefollowing benchmark objective: I can simplify expressions using theproperties of addition and multiplication, combining like terms, absolutevalue, and positive exponents.Step 1 Begin with the end in mind. How will this be assessed?
Here are four typical exam questions:
Evaluate −1 + n
∙ 3 for n = 3
Simplify the expression
+ │3 – 18 │
Simplify by combining like terms 4y
+ 9x – 3y
– 8x – 5y
Ask yourself these two questions: