So why was I heartened to see the Everyday Math second grade mid-year assessment several weeks ago? Let's take a look:
|This routine has gained in popularity throughout the school. Teachers like the way it encourages students to explain their thinking and how it reinforces multiple content standards.|
Hey! What's this? Which one doesn't belong? I'd never before seen an item like this on one of our assessments. There were a variety of responses:
MTBoS Activity: Counting Circles
|We've explored this routine in our PLC. It's really taken off in second grade.|
Mid-Year Assessment: Question 6
Completing counts and noticing patterns are reinforced by the counting circle routine.
MTBoS Activity: Clothesline Estimation
|We've just started to explore this routine.|
Mid-Year Assessment: Question 7
The kids are starting to understand how number lines are constructed, especially how the numbers need to be spaced at regular intervals.
OK, we still have a ways to go...
...but now we know who needs more time hanging out on the clothesline.
Three MTBoS routines, three aligned assessment questions.
And I almost forgot about this item, which showed up in a grade 3 journal several months ago:
|Is someone out there listening?|