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Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Math Assessment Plan 2015-2016 K-2
KINDER IS UP FIRST WITH AIMSWEB BOY SEPT 14-25
AIMSWEB AND KATHY RICHARDSON OVERLAP
KINDER Teachers you may push back your Kathy Richardson Testing a few days to a week, if needed. These are common assessments tied to your report card. The overlap was not intentional. One of our coaches pointed it out and I hope this helps ease the stress.
Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD Math Assessment Plan 2015-2016 3-5
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QUESTIONS YOUR STUDENTS' PARENTS MIGHT ASK ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS
Why are Investigations being used to teach my child mathematics?
This curriculum gives children different ways to express their thinking. After being given situations for problem-solving, students develop strategies for expressing mathematics, allowing ownership of understanding. Through working with peers, students justify and analyze solutions. As a result, they are able to understand important relationships between concepts.
How are Math Investigations different from traditional math approaches?
Through Investigations, children develop personal meaning of concepts and learn to reason mathematically. They are not taught to rely on set procedures, formulas and rules that may have little meaning to them. The same concepts are covered as those in traditional textbooks, only the approach is different. Research shows that students who construct math for themselves are going to gain fluency and remember what they have learned. They will also keep trying to make sense of problems.
How will Math Investigations affect my child?
Your child will learn to be a self-directed learner with the ability to approach unfamiliar problems and develop ways to solve them. Your child will also develop communication skills about mathematics, learning to use, represent and explain concepts. Instead of the teacher being the sole authority for answers, each child will learn to rely on logic and mathematical evidence as verification of understanding, becoming a confident learner of mathematics!
How can I help my child at home and what should my child use to study from?
Students should review daily activities to reflect on their understanding by discussing classroom experiences with you. Your child may reflect on conversations from the Math Workshop, or possibly show you some of the strategies that the class has used to solve particular problems. Homework will also be assigned regularly to reinforce learning in the classroom.
How is the class period run during the math workshop?
During the opening meeting, your child's teacher explains the goals for the math workshop and teaches a mini-lesson, introducing a new concept or skill. The teacher then poses a problem or series of problems for each child to solve based on the conversation during the mini-lesson.
Then during the work period, your child works individually, with a peer or with a group, to solve the problem presented in the mini-lesson, developing ideas and strategies. The teacher facilitates learning by circulating around the room, working/conferencing with students individually or in small groups.
During the closing meeting, the class regroups to discuss strategies used to solve the days problem, to share misunderstandings and correct them, to make connections to other areas of math and the real world, and to reflect upon what was learned during the lesson. Following this, homework is usually assigned to reinforce and extend what was learned during the day.
Are the children learning the basic skills?
Yes. With experience, each child will learn to remember basic skills by constructing sense of them. Although fluency is more important than memorization, occasional drill and review exercises occur during the mathematics workshop to create balance of learning.
How do absences affect my child?
When your child is absent, it is extremely difficult to make up work because of the math discoveries and conversation that take place during the math workshop. Investigation lessons are designed to connect from day to day, therefore, when a child is absent he/she does not see connections being made, and as a result, has a harder time participating on the days after an absence. It is important to limit absences to a minimum so that your child may gain a complete understanding of concepts being explored in the classroom.