So why was I heartened to see the Everyday Math second grade mid-year assessment several weeks ago? Let's take a look:

**MTBoS Routine: Which One Doesn't Belong?**

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. |

**Mid-Year Assessment: Question 2**

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? |

Wow. Great to see these concepts (noticing and wondering, wodb, estimation) in some of the textbooks. Looks like these companies are starting to listen to MTBos and the conversations that are happening on Twitter.

ReplyDeleteThanks Matt. I do wonder if it's just a coincidence or if they are paying attention. Maybe if the publishers get positive reinforcement from teachers we'll see even more.

DeleteLet's hope we see more of these types of questions on assessments. In one word: Fantastic!

ReplyDeleteAbsolutely! My dream is to see something like a 3-Act on the PARCC. I think the planets would stand still!

DeleteIt would be a wonderful stillness!

DeleteExciting! Are all of these from Everyday Math?

ReplyDeleteAbsolutely! The new fourth edition.

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