## Reflection: Checks for Understanding Unit 3 Assessment - Section 1: Assessment

Common Core Standards expect students gain a deep understanding of math concepts. The only way to know if students have mastered a skill or concept is to find a way to assess it.

During a unit, I circulate among students on a daily basis. I keep notes of what students are, or are not able to do. I listen to student reasoning (Listening to Students is One Piece of the Assessment Puzzle). I try to pull small groups whenever I can, to reinforce areas where students are struggling. The final assessment is only one small piece of what I see students doing. It is another check on the things that we have talked about.  I never rely on just the final unit assessment to tell me whether students have mastered a skill or not. Instead I use the notes I have made all unit, the work students have turned in, the class participation, their explanations of what they are doing, and the final assessment to tell me what direction to go in next.

With this class I am seeing a strong understanding of place value. From here, I will continue to talk about place value, but I will incorporate it into other areas of math. Several students are still weak on telling time. This group can work together with a parent volunteer on a series of reinforcing activities with clocks. I only see one child who is still unclear about what a Smiley Face number is. When I mention them next, I will keep in mind that I should be sure that I check with this child, and help them as needed.

Each child is in a slightly different place as we move into the next unit, and this assessment has given me a clearer picture of this.

I also have an alternative assessment that I can use after I support struggling learners with some of the skills they might have had difficulty with. Place value assessment.docx

Checks for Understanding: Why Assess

# Unit 3 Assessment

Unit 6: Everything in Its Place
Lesson 14 of 14

## Big Idea: It is important to assess students periodically to plan for future lessons to meet student needs.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Money, problem solving, addition, subtraction, coins, counting
50 minutes

### Beth McKenna

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