Since students took their first summative assessment last class we spent the majority of today setting up some of the routines that we’ll be using to react to the feedback provided on them. To help students get into “mistake detective” mode I took all of the common/interesting errors made by students in all three of my classes and “took” the test using all of those mistakes. I slapped a different teacher’s name on the top, asked permission to use them in this little story and then presented the assessment to students, who worked in groups to review the thinking on the assessment and answer the following questions:
-What does this assessment prove that this person knows?
-What is this person still struggling with or misunderstand?
-What questions could you pose to this person to help them revise their thinking?
In the process students identified errors that were made, conjectured about what they must have been thinking, and revised questions which were not full correct (all of them). The kids seemed to really enjoy trying to “get into someone else’s head” and it made it much easier for them to analyze their own assessments, which they did next.
Math Support kicked off with the estimation question below. Again totally stole the idea from Andrew Stadel. ios 7 may make look more sleek but it makes this a bit harder with the light background color. May need to do the next one using itunes.
The kids totally loved it, did some cool thinking, and were all really close. I was about to transition when a student commented on the fact that I should plug my phone in. We all zoomed in on the battery indicator in the top right corner and got super excited, something else to estimate!
We started by estimating mine and then students had the idea to estimate each other’s (we’re a 1 to 1 ipad program). Just like that the Ipad Battery Challenge was born! Here’s how we did it:
1) Turn off the percent indicator on your own ipad then lock it.
2) Switch ipads with someone else.
3) Guess how much battery they have left. Sketch the battery indicator and explain your guess.
4) Get your ipad back and turn on the percent indicator. Then lock it again.
5) Switch back and everyone press the home button on the count of 3 (so the screen lights up)
6) Revel is the sound of middle school squealing (delight, not pain).
It was totally fun, we’ll definitely do it again. They were still talking about it as we finished up our work on the Laws of Arithmetic MARS task we had started last class.
1) It is ridiculous that every one of our students has an ipad.
2) The whole “how long do you have left?” question would be a cool one to explore. Anyone done this?
3) This totally came together in the moment, so how could it be better?
4) Thanks again Andrew, this kind of stuff is super fun.