Reflection: Learning Communities Area Assessment - Section 3: Learning Community


I got the idea to do a learning community from the Professional Learning Community (PLC) at school. I have noticed that students take more ownership of their performance and scores when they see and score their own results. In order to keep them "honest" I pick up all of the pencils and hand out red pens to each student.

The learning community worked out better than I expected. Students were excited to share with one another how they solved and they took pride in the work that they completed. I have so many students who think about problems in such unique ways that sharing this across the classroom helps all students recognize new entry points to finding solutions.

Accountable talk and modeling appropriate conversation skills were something that we started in my classroom at the beginning of the year so a positive framework to hold these conversations was already established. However, if this is not a classroom practice in your classroom, I would recommend spending time modeling accountable math talk and doing some role playing to give students an opportunity to practice communicating appropriately.

  Student Ownership
  Learning Communities: Student Ownership
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Area Assessment

Unit 9: Measurement and Data
Lesson 12 of 13

Objective: Students will be able to determine the area of a figure on a grid and defend their problem solving strategy.

Big Idea: Area questions can be asked multiple ways and the area can be found by using different strategies.

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Math, area (Measurement), Critical Area
  50 minutes
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