Day 53: The One with the Linear Equations Group Test

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I always feel somewhat uncertain of exactly how to assign grades/frame group tests. Especially by the end of the day when the kiddos are done and I am done.

That being said, this group got off to a slow start (one group member almost didn’t want to even think of ways to help the group for the opening) and with a little prodding (saying the good things they were doing, showing a lower grade and saying they could easily get a better one, pushing group members who are good at asking questions), got to this stage, where they’re mostly all talking and working in the center of the table.

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(Slightly fuzzy because one kiddo was photo-shy and I had to zoom in).

What do you notice? What do you wonder?

Day 57: The One With the Area, Perimeter, Surface Area and Volume Group Test

Came back from a sub day (got to attend a meeting with fellow rookie math and science teachers) and went straight into two check-ins and a group quiz.

How was your Monday?

Photo: Area, Perimeter, Surface Area and Volume Group Quiz

Area Group Quiz

After we switched groups (did I mention today was busy?), kiddos pretty much got right to work. At Curriculum Partner’s suggestion, we did an opening about what groupwork looks like, cleaned out folders (sort of) and got to work.

Kiddos got most of the class period to work together and talk through four problems. Problems are written so that kiddos fill in what they know – they get some basic information to get them started, but have to fill in steps or explain or pick and justify an answer, so that everyone has a bit of access, but still has to say what they know.

Individual test tomorrow. So many projects still to grade. We’ll see how it goes.

Day 55: The One With the Group Quiz Revision

I’m doing things like watching TV and running again, which means that grades must have been due Wednesday (fact). How long will it last?

In the time that I’ve been, uh, not blogging, we’ve gone through a unit on slope. Our individual quiz is tomorrow, so we’ve been preparing with a group quiz (Wednesday) and today with revisions to the group quiz. We paired students who spoke English with students who spoke more English and had them translate vocabulary words and then talk about the problems together. Mixed reviews, since this is the first time I’ve tried the structure (curriculum partner was able to try it last cycle; I was out of town for PD the day we tried it). There were some good discussions and I think kiddos did learn.

Photo: Group Quiz Revision

Group Quiz Revision

The photo above is from a student who, after seeing the sentence frames, said “I only have one answer,” and then asked about the other answers. I’ll take it.