Reflection: Qualitative Evaluations Multiplication and First Quarter Assessment - Section 2: Concept Development

 

Students are making great progress in CCSS 4.NBT.5, 4.OA.4, 4.OA.2, and 4.NBT.2.  I felt really good when analyzing student results and I believe my students felt really good about it too.  I'm anxious to give them their assessments back for revisions and corrections. I had one student stop by my room after school and ask if I had checked his test yet. I hadn't, but his response to that was amazing.  He said, "That's ok, Ms. Romano. I feel really good about it. I listened well in class, and practiced at home, and I think I did really well."  I have since that time corrected his test, and he did do very well. His comment actually makes me a bit emotional upon reflection.  I believe I'm truly making a difference in lives of kids and helping them to build a growth mindset. This student, a mere two months ago, would have told me he was bad at math.  Listening to him after school, eager, and asking about his test, makes me believe that slowly his mindset is changing.  I almost jumped out of my chair when he said, "I listened and practiced at home."  He is truly exhibiting the growth mindset by acknowledging that learning is based on hard work and practice.  My response to him that day went something like this:

"You know, learning isn't about getting something right the first time.  Sometimes it takes many many times before you get it. I believe in you and I'm glad you worked hard and struggled through some of those challenging problems.  You're always welcome here before or after school to practice, too."

This was a great day.  It wasn't a super extra special fantastic test that made it great, but this one student's thoughts about math, and hard work, made this an AMAZING day. 

Click on some of the test items below to see sample responses from students and my thinking about student learning as well as my next steps. 

4.NBT.5 correct response 

4.NBT.5 support needed 

4.OA.2 guidance needed 

4.OA.B4 correct response

 

In this video, you can hear my reflections about this assessment.

 

 

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Multiplication and First Quarter Assessment

Unit 2: Multiplication with Whole Numbers
Lesson 15 of 22

Objective: Students will be able to show progression of mastery of 4.OA.2, 4.OA.4, 4.NBT.A.2 and 4.NBT.5,

Big Idea: Students will take an assessment to demonstrate current skill level.

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