Monday, July 31, 2017

How I Assess My Students at the Beginning of the Year - Math Reasoning Inventory

Do you ever do something in your classroom that works REALLY well, and then somehow forget about it completely?  Well, that is something that happened to me with the Math Reasoning Inventory.  I used it with my 7th grade math students and was highly successful, but never thought about using it with my elementary students until last year.  

This year I will be starting the year with the assessments right away, and I think you should too!

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What is the Math Reasoning Inventory?

The Math Reasoning Inventory is a free on-line assessment tool that helps you learn about your students' numerical reasoning. It was developed by math expert Marilyn Burns. The site says that it is appropriate for grades 5 and up, but I have used it with my 4th graders, and I think you could successfully use the whole numbers inventory in 3rd grade.  

If you teach a lower grade, I would still give it a look, because I think you could implement a similar process that would be so powerful for understanding what your students are thinking in math.



There are three assessments: whole numbers, fractions, and decimals.  Each section contains a 4 question written test and an individual face to face interview where students are asked to explain how they came up with the answer.

I printed each of these from the website on card stock and laminated them for durability.  I used colored card stock to print out the covers so I can find them easily. I placed the cards on a binder ring for storage and ease of use.



I have the students take the written assessment as a whole group assignment.  I break down the interview process similarly to reading assessments with about 4 students per day.





Most of the questions are asked as mental math problems, but one or two have the students use pen and pencil (or in my case dry erase markers) to solve.

The program has a section to keep track of what types of errors students make and a place to make notes about what you observe.




Once you have assessed your students, reports are generated for both individuals and whole group.






Aside from the data provided from the computer, I was able to observe things about my students' thinking that I might not have otherwise observed. 






 I saw some great results this Spring after using for just a few short months, I can't wait to see the results next Spring after using the assessments (and lessons developed from the results) from the beginning of the year.

If you decide to try out the math inventory, I would love to hear how it goes!  I will also be sharing some other assessments I use in my classroom in the next few weeks, so make sure to check them out!

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Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway July 31, 2017


Can you believe it is almost August already?!?  August typically means back to school for most of us in the United States, and I bet a $25 Teachers pay Teachers gift card would help you get ready!

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway July 24, 2017


I have just returned from the TpT conference, and I had an AMAZING time with my TpT buddies! 




Kathleen from A Plus Kids, Julie from Teacher Ms. H, ME, Mercedes from Surfin' to Success, and Shelby from Wiggling Scholars.  Not pictured is Nichole from The Craft of Teaching who was getting her groove on on the dance floor.

 Everything is better with friends, including our weekly giveaways which I could not do without the help from my amazing friends!





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Monday, July 17, 2017

Personalize Your Math Problems

My students have always LOVED when I use their names in math problems.  They always get excited, and the engagement really increases.  This summer I have been teaching summer school.  I decided to take the personalization one step further with pictures.



My littles had an obsession with pine cones  (although they called them acorns for some reason - LOL!).  So, I took them outside to play with the pine cones (and to practice some math skills).


I took pictures of them while we were outside and created math prompts with them.




Instant engagement!  They were so excited to see their faces in their math journals!








Have you ever personalized your math problems?


Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway July 17, 2017


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway July 10, 2017


July is already one third of the way over - this summer is just flying by!  I know that means that many of you are headed back to school soon.  We go back late this year - August 31st. 

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Monthly $75 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway - July 2017

It is time for our monthly giveaway!  You have a chance to win a $75 Teachers pay Teachers gift every single month, and today is the day!

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Weekly $25 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card Giveaway July 3, 2017


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