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What Students Need Most When the Stakes Are High

06-04-18

To master performance assessments, just as with any important skill, students need to practice. That practice time is only viable if the skills developed are relevant to their success outside of the classroom.

Understanding Mathematical Connections

03-29-18

What is a mathematical connection? Why are mathematical connections important? Why are they considered part of the Exemplars rubric criteria? And how can I encourage my students to become more independent in making mathematical connections?

Understanding Mathematical Connections at the First Grade Level

03-29-18

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.

Dynamic Math Learning at The Phoenix School

03-29-18

From our youngest students to our oldest, we find that Exemplars problems engage, challenge, and create mathematical thinkers at every level. Our math program is truly strengthened by the Exemplars component.

Understanding Mathematical Connections at the Third Grade Level

03-29-18

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 Fifth Grade Level

03-29-18

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

03-29-18

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.

Plainville Community Schools and Exemplars Math

03-28-18

With the Smarter Balanced Assessment, we noticed a lack of growth in our students on the Performance Task. This year, we decided to address this issue. Exemplars was a perfect fit.

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

03-27-18

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.

Where to Begin? Getting Started With Exemplars Science

09-27-17

Exemplars Science is not a stand-alone program. Rather it is a supplemental program to schools and districts bring standards-aligned, inquiry and performance-based instruction and assessment into their classrooms. The tasks can be used in a multitude of ways, for both instructional and assessment purposes.

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