Reflection: Accountability Linear Equation Drills (Computer Lab) - Section 4: Homework 5.5: Number Riddles


We are now firmly in the second half of the school year.  Students are familiar with class structures, and we all share in the understanding that it takes hard work to gain expertise at any skill.  I don't always use the phrase "Growth Mindset" explicitly with my students, but it's implicit in everything we do.  

I wrote earlier in the year that it takes some effort to help students make sense of their mastery-based progress reports, but now, that work is paying off and students buy into the idea that if they practice, and if they learn something, they will get better.  Mark that down a success of this class!

After spending today in the computer lab, I also note that Delta Math has become a valuable tool in helping students cultivate a growth mindset.  Visually, there are no gimmicks on Delta Math, but the web site is effective in providing students with immediate feedback, and there's just enough of a game element in the way the site keeps score and shows students their progress.  It is also non-threatening to be wrong.

I have a number of students who do their best work on our weekly day in the computer lab.  The challenge right now is to help those students translate that success to their written work.  Today, I was sure to make that point explicit.  As I distributed tonight's homework, I asked everyone to consider whether there's a difference in the kind of work they do online versus the kind of work they do on paper.  Students recognized that there is a difference.  I challenged everyone to make sure to live up to that energizing level of achievement on tonight's written work.

It's also worth noting that there's a Mathematical Practice atop this assignment, rather than a content target.  I wonder if students feel differently about work that is graded on these MP's (and which contributes to an average grade for each of those Learning Targets) versus the content learning targets that are graded by taking a student's highest grade.  Achievement may be a little more abstract on these Mathematical Practices.  As I continue to tweak my implementation of standards-based grading, I'll pay attention to that idea in the days to come.

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Linear Equation Drills (Computer Lab)

Unit 9: Systems of Equations
Lesson 8 of 20

Objective: SWBAT graph linear equations in slope-intercept form, rewrite linear equations from standard form to slope-intercept form, and solve linear systems by graphing.

Big Idea: Today’s practice session is high-spirited and fun as students have an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of learning targets from earlier in the year.

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