Authentic Assessments

Ok, so Silvia was right (again). Even though she is not physically here, I still hear her words of wisdom in my head, “Creating is a high level of learning and one of the best assessments.”

Yesterday, I wanted the students to practice using Pixie so I had them create a brief tutorial.  The students were asked to write any equation and illustrate how to solve it.  Some of them chose to do a basic multiplication fact. When they had a chance to share their creations, I realized that some of them do not understand the concept of multiplication.  For example, for 5×2 they were illustrating five circles and two circles, not two groups of five circles or vice versa.  I suddenly realized that it is great when my class can “parrot back” their math facts, but if they don’t understand the concept, what good is it? Isn’t that the main goal of Singapore Math, understand the “why”?

If it had not been for the ”creation” level I would have never realized this was a problem.

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