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* *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!

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*Student Self-Assessment: Insights*

# Self-Assessment

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.

*50 minutes*

#### Set the Stage

*5 min*

Today's lesson looks like a traditional assessment, but students don't just answer the questions, they use a marking system to select which problems they know, which they sort of know and which they don't get. I distribute the Marking System for Self Assessment handout and give them time to review the directions, then check for understanding with fist-to-five.

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#### Put It Into Action

*40 min*

I explain in greater detail why I use a self-assessment in my video. I distribute the Self Assessment, again reminding my students to mark each problem as they work through the test with the color coding they've chosen. I ask if there are any questions and tell them they have until the last 10 minutes of the period to work. **(MP1, MP2)** When everyone is done or after about 35 minutes I go over the answers to the assessment while my students check their work. This gives them a chance to see how well they actually understand the material as opposed to how well they think they know it!

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#### Wrap It Up

*5 min*

I close this lesson by having my students review their marks to see which material they still need to study. This gives them a clearer picture of their strengths and areas that need work than just asking them and also helps create an atmosphere of student responsibility. For students who need more direction I suggest that they begin by looking at all the problems they thought they knew and tally up how many they actually got right, then do the same thing with the problems they weren't sure of and so on. Students are sometimes surprised to find out that they either don't know the material as well as they thought, or actually understand it better than they thought. There are always a few whose predictions match their actual results pretty well, but I remind all my students that the focus is not on how well they can predict their results, but on which sections they need to study more for the exam. I finish by telling them they can take this assessment home as an additional study guide for the exam tomorrow. I don't use this directly as a grade, but instead make note of student effort during the activities and use that for a "participation/effort" grade

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- UNIT 1: First Week!
- UNIT 2: Algebraic Arithmetic
- UNIT 3: Algebraic Structure
- UNIT 4: Complex Numbers
- UNIT 5: Creating Algebraically
- UNIT 6: Algebraic Reasoning
- UNIT 7: Building Functions
- UNIT 8: Interpreting Functions
- UNIT 9: Intro to Trig
- UNIT 10: Trigonometric Functions
- UNIT 11: Statistics
- UNIT 12: Probability
- UNIT 13: Semester 2 Review
- UNIT 14: Games
- UNIT 15: Semester 1 Review

- LESSON 1: Keys
- LESSON 2: BrainPower!
- LESSON 3: Sketchbook
- LESSON 4: Reign Over the Domain
- LESSON 5: Change!
- LESSON 6: Estimate!
- LESSON 7: Roots
- LESSON 8: Pieces
- LESSON 9: Zero to Hero
- LESSON 10: Happy Endings
- LESSON 11: Logs; but not for building
- LESSON 12: Power to the Mathematician
- LESSON 13: Write That!
- LESSON 14: And Write That!
- LESSON 15: Compare and Contrast
- LESSON 16: The Choice is Yours
- LESSON 17: Retrospective
- LESSON 18: Self-Assessment
- LESSON 19: No Surprises Testing