Independent Student Learning

Answer Key

To give students greater independence, there is an answer key for the practice problems of every lesson. I know what a lot of teachers are thinking at this point: what if the student just copy all their answers from the answer key? As an Algebra teacher told me when I asked them the same question before starting flipped mastery, they'll just fail the mastery quiz. It only takes a few correctional assignments for them to realize that the answer key is there to check answers, not copy them.

Strategy Resources (3)
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Here I explain why allowing students to have access to the answer keys is key in my self-paced environment.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
The answer key is provided for every lesson, which allows students to get "unstuck" when they need feedback on their work. It is an extra support for students, especially for times when the teacher is busy working with another student. Plus, I was really tired of students asking me "Is this right?!"
Online Student Resource
 
 
Link to the answer key on my class website for lesson 2.1 - Complementary and Supplementary angles.
Strategy Explanation
 
 
Here I explain why allowing students to have access to the answer keys is key in my self-paced environment.
Teacher Planning Resource
 
 
The answer key is provided for every lesson, which allows students to get "unstuck" when they need feedback on their work. It is an extra support for students, especially for times when the teacher is busy working with another student. Plus, I was really tired of students asking me "Is this right?!"
Online Student Resource
 
 
Link to the answer key on my class website for lesson 2.1 - Complementary and Supplementary angles.
Benjamin Siegel
New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities II
Bronx, NY


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Tenth grade
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