Monday, January 26, 2015
Math Monday -- Catchphrases
I'm participating in Math Monday with Mandy Robek at Enjoy and Embrace Learning.
You might think
ASSESSMENT THAT DRIVES INSTRUCTION
is a trendy catchphrase
(syn: slogan, motto, catchword, buzzword, mantra)
that you can afford to ignore because it will eventually go away.
I'm here to tell you that if you are just teaching standards because
they are in your pacing guide
or on the next page of your math book
and you have no idea
whether or not your students already know those concepts,
then chances are
you will be wasting your time and theirs.
it's a pain to give a pretest
and grade it
go through the results child by child
to see who does and doesn't know which concepts.
But then your teaching path spreads before you
and you can clearly see
what to teach whole class
and what to teach to just those few.
It's a pain
but it's worth it
and it's good teaching
so it's not going away anytime soon
and you might as well get on the
(or...in the words of a beloved former curriculum director...*the clue bus)