Reflection: Student Self-Assessment Self-Assessment - Section 3: Wrap It Up


This lesson is intended as an opportunity for my students to evaluate for themselves their understanding of the material in this unit.  Some become frustrated when the miss problems they thought they understood, but most are encouraged by the number of problems they get correct and by their own ability to predict their areas of success.  A self-assessment puts the responsibility back in the hands of my students, allowing them to determine what they need to focus on studying for the exam. 

This lesson also gives me insight into areas that I might need to teach differently next year to more effectively convey the content and/or skills.  For example, most of my students still struggle with finding a function to fit a description of key features.  I observed today that the problem is not so much with actually understanding either the functions or the key features, it's with decoding the written words and symbols.  My students aren't yet comfortable with the language of mathematics or things like function notation, so these serve as roadblocks to successfully answering "finding a function" questions.  I need to be more careful about my own speech and make sure that I'm not "dumbing" things down because it's quicker and easier!

  Student Self-Assessment: Insights
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Unit 8: Interpreting Functions
Lesson 18 of 19

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate understanding of analyzing and interpreting functions by successfully completing day one of a two-day unit assessment.

Big Idea: Help students feel less overwhelmed by a large unit by using a practice exam and self-assessment.

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