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  • AJ Ellison

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    January 25, 2022 at 11:21 am

    I really like having the opportunity to do mini-lessons or idea sharing with groups during the productive struggle time. When I see a group that is heading in a direction that will not end in the results the standard is looking for, I like to take the opportunity to question and guide students towards a path that will get them the desired results. To me it is the equivalent to working in rotating small groups but with the benefit that the students are already actively thinking and engaged and providing the ideas and that multiple groups are keyed into what that group is talking about and internalizing it to their needs.

  • AJ Ellison

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    January 25, 2022 at 10:59 am

    I really like the exit ticket with legs! At my school exit tickets are encouraged and I feel like it is overkill when I am constantly checking in with students throughout the class while they work on the boards or through a math talk, etc. It just seems like one more thing to do and doesn’t give me any more information than what I had before. With the exit ticket with legs, I feel like the kids are evaluating themselves and how they are feeling and that the exit ticket belongs to them and helps them own their learning! I love it!

  • AJ Ellison

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    November 7, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    I find that this key points in this lesson ebbs and flows in my classes depending on how comfortable the students are feeling with the content. On days where the content is difficult and students are struggling to find a path, my students have a more difficult time being vulnerable with each other and handling conflict. Those days require much more of me reassuring, praising progress, helping students find the next step on the path, and helping students manage their conflicts and insecurities. Those are difficult days but I am always super proud of the persistence students show in moving forward in constructing their math thinking. We often end those days with a quick consolidation of amazing strategies that were used and a round of applause for all the hard work.

  • AJ Ellison

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    November 7, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    I wonder what would happen if quarterly report cards were actually used as progress reports and the gradebook remained open for that quarter so students still had an opportunity to demonstrate their learning? As it is right now, students and teachers basically close that chapter of the year at report card time, never to be visited again.

  • AJ Ellison

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    November 7, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Formative assessment is difficult for me and in the past managing the data has been difficult. Our district has so many standards packed into a 9 month school year that when I ran my class as a traditional math class, it was difficult to find the time to spiral back with my formative data to readdress any misconceptions or problem areas. This would have me relying on quizzes and tests for my data and ultimately being disappointed when students didn’t achieve the way I felt they should have and then me trying to patch holes while I taught the next concept that relied on the concept before. It was a wicked spiral of student and teacher frustration.

    I have recently been focusing on turning my class into a thinking classroom and I have found that this has helped my formative process tremendously. I am able to conference with students in real time and spot the misconceptions in real time. This allows me to reteach in small groups or during our consolidation in a way that matches the needs of the students more precisely. There are less holes and much more productive lessons happening now. I wish it hadn’t taken me 22 years to get to this point but, better late than never I guess!

  • AJ Ellison

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    November 7, 2021 at 1:05 pm

    My take-away is that district plans for math education funnel us into the harmful assessment practices described in the video. I am looking forward to learning ways I can change that path for my students and create positive learning and assessment practices that don’t rely on summative data to assess learning progress.

  • AJ Ellison

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    October 25, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Hi!

    Will the guides be up for this task soon? They are super helpful and I love to use them!

  • AJ Ellison

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    November 6, 2021 at 11:41 am

    They are all there now! Thank you!

  • AJ Ellison

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    October 31, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks! Day 1 and 2 are up now but the rest are still missing.