Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines The Normal Distribution - Section 5: Exit Task: Index Card Essay

 

The Index Card Essay is my interpretation of the "Two-Minute Paper" strategy that can be found in Page Keeley and Cheryl Rose Tobey's excellent book Mathematics Formative Assessment.  The idea is that students have a short amount of time and a limited amount of space to write a legitimate - but tiny! - essay in response to a given prompt.  

I pass out index cards, and post the prompt:

What did you synthesize today?

In using this as an exit slip, I am looking for two things.  We discussed the word synthesis at the start of class today, and I'd like to do a quick check on what they understand that word to mean. I'd also like to give them space to elucidate their own connections between the ideas they saw in the problem set.  

This prompt is open-ended enough that it's challenging for many students to even get started, but no matter what the quality of their response, I get great insight into what they're thinking as I give them a chance to use the vocabulary.


  Index Card Essays
  Writing Across the Disciplines: Index Card Essays
Loading resource...
 

The Normal Distribution

Unit 1: Statistics: Data in One Variable
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT use the normal distribution to estimate population percentages.

Big Idea: Is it normal to be 6'6" tall?

  Print Lesson
20 teachers like this lesson
normal curve
 
1
2
3
4
5
Similar Lessons
 
Spread Out
Algebra I » Data and Statistics
Big Idea: How would you determine how spread out a data set is? Students put data sets in order from least to most spread out based on their own intuition and reasoning.
  Favorites(2)
  Resources(15)
Boston, MA
Environment: Urban
Amanda Hathaway
 
Our City Statistics Project and Assessment
Algebra I » Our City Statistics: Who We Are and Where We are Going
Big Idea: Students demonstrate interpersonal and data literacy skills as use statistics to learn about their community.
  Favorites(9)
  Resources(17)
Salem, MA
Environment: Urban
Jason Colombino
 
Straight Walkin' With Statistics - Day #1
Algebra II » Statistics: Something for Everyone
Big Idea: Students will be active participants in their own study. Today will focus on data collection and looking at the initial characteristics of the data.
  Favorites(4)
  Resources(13)
Huntington, IN
Environment: Suburban
Jarod Hammel
 
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload
details
close