Reflection: Self-Talk Individual portion of the Assessment - Section 1: Assessment


Today during the assessment I had to deal with an issue that does not usually come up in my class.  I found a student cheating on the assessment. This student was caught with his cell phone under his desk and he was going to Google to get help.

This is one of the worst aspects of teaching for me.  How to address students that are not honest. I took the students phone and the student received a zero on the written portion of the test.

What bothered me the most was that I had talked to this student the day before to remind the student of the test. We had also done homework similar to the test. 

This incident reminds me that I need to write assessments in which Google or the Internet will not assist the students.  The project part of the assessment is a perfect example. The students can look up the definitions and the equations, but to apply this information in making a graph cannot be found anywhere. 

There will always be times that I do need to test lower level skills but I need to make the problem solving and other mathematical practices a major part of my assessment.

The other part I hate about this issue is that the student is a Senior. He has not been doing his homework and trying to slide by as the year ends. I had to call his parent and let her know what transpired today. This included explaining how he may not pass if he does not get back to being a student.

Some days are just not good days.

  Student Discipline
  Self-Talk: Student Discipline
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Individual portion of the Assessment

Unit 5: Conics
Lesson 13 of 13

Objective: SWBAT determine the type of conic represented by an equation.

Big Idea: Through a written assessment students justify which conic is represented by an equation.

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Math, conic sections, circles, ellipse, parabola, hyperbola, Conics
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