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Formative Assessment Tools

12-01-16

Effective use of formative assessment in the classroom is one the most powerful ways to improve student achievement. Research shows that the improvement in performance is dramatic.

Exemplars in the Classroom: “They Want to Become Experts.”

11-27-16

At the beginning of the year, I explained each portion of the Exemplars rubric to the students. The rubrics are very student-friendly and I find that they inspire students to want to become Experts.

A Problem-Solving Lab to Support the Math Practices

10-31-16

The school administrators at PS 54 had a vision to create a math laboratory based on the eight Standards of Mathematical Practice. The idea was to create a setting in which students could focus on multi-step problem solving.

Preparing for the New Math TEKS: Using Rubrics to Guide Teachers and Students

10-06-16

As you begin preparing your staff to focus on the new math TEKS this year, rubrics should play a key role in terms of helping your teachers and students achieve success with the new standards.

7 Things I’ve Learned on My Journey to Implementing Problem Solving in the Classroom

10-03-16

So how can teachers help their classrooms make this critical transition to problem solving? … My personal story of transformation, which began after participating in one of Exemplars’ Summer Institutes, offers a path forward.

Supporting the TEKS Mathematical Processes with Exemplars Performance Tasks and Rubric at the Fourth Grade Level

08-01-16

The fifth anchor paper and set of assessment rationales we’ll review in this series is taken from a fourth grade student’s solution for the task, “Sharing Muffins.”

Supporting the TEKS Mathematical Processes with Exemplars Performance Tasks and Rubric at the Third Grade Level

07-05-16

The fourth anchor paper and set of assessment rationales we’ll review in this series is taken from a third grade student’s solution for the task, “Henry’s Lego Structure.”

Supporting the TEKS Mathematical Processes with Exemplars Performance Tasks and Rubric at the Second Grade Level

05-13-16

The third anchor paper and set of assessment rationales we’ll review in this series is taken from a second grade student’s solution for the task, “A New Hamster Toy.”

Supporting the TEKS Mathematical Processes with Exemplars Performance Tasks and Rubric at the First Grade Level

04-07-16

The second anchor paper and set of assessment rationales we’ll review in this series is taken from a first grade student’s solution for the task, “A Birdbath.”

Preparing our Kids for Success Beyond the Classroom

03-25-16

Why is problem solving so important? At a mathematical level, problem-solving skills are critical to the development of understanding more advanced mathematics and the ability to perform other complex tasks. This in turn creates the foundation to solve problems in the real world.

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