Standards-based assessment and Instruction

# Blog

## Supporting the TEKS Mathematical Processes with Exemplars Performance Tasks and Rubric at the Kindergarten Level

02-09-16

This blog represents Part 1 of a six-part series that features a problem-solving task linked to a Unit of Study for the Math TEKS and a student’s solution in grades K–5. Evidence of all seven Mathematical Process Standards will be exhibited by the end of the series.

## Great Minds Don’t Always Think Alike

01-15-16

Working in special education, I help students with special needs as well as other students who struggle with math. One of the most beneficial features of Exemplars is the ability to differentiate easily for struggling learners.

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

10-27-15

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.

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

10-06-15

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.

## Understanding Mathematical Connections at the Fifth Grade Level

08-18-15

In the final post of our Summer Series, we look in on a fifth grader mastering the standard 5.NBT.2 in the Common Core domain Number and Operations in Base Ten.

## Understanding Mathematical Connections at the Third Grade Level

08-05-15

In this blog we’re tackling a task at the third-grade level, Bracelets to Sell, where students explore a CCSSM from the Operations and Algebraic Thinking domain. We’ll review a student’s solution to see how it relates to the Exemplars rubric criteria and if a math connection is made.

## Understanding Mathematical Connections at the First Grade Level

07-20-15

In today’s post, we’ll look at a first grade student’s solution for the task, “Pictures on the Wall.” The featured student anchor paper shows a solution that goes beyond arithmetic calculation and provides the evidence that a student can reflect on and apply mathematical connections.

## Understanding Mathematical Connections

06-24-15

This blog represents Part 1 of a four-part series that explores mathematical connections and offers guidelines; strategies and suggestions for helping teachers elicit this type of thinking from their students.

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

03-03-15

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.

## Why A Focused Mathematics Curriculum Matters and How Exemplars Can Help Texas Educators

11-03-14

When the new math TEKS were written, the writing teams focused on fewer skills at each grade level. Teachers are expected to address these skills and understandings by teaching rich lessons in which students make critical connections between foundational big ideas in mathematics.

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