Reflection: Student Self-Assessment Subtraction and Addition of Multi-digit Numbers: Assessing Our Growth - Section 1: Introduction


My thinking: Before Common Core, it was commonplace for me to give a final test, grade it, put it in the grade book as a symbol for some level of showing mastery. The test was sent home, looked at by parents ( maybe) and forgotten. Sometimes, if there was failure, I would reteach that student and retest at some point before the end of the trimester. Again, it was re-graded. I remember student tears over letter grades of C's. It wasn't worth retesting over C's. I never believed that any student should fail, and I remember advice from the principal saying, "just move on", they will eventually get it. But there was no real plan for that. Common Core is clear; it scaffolds and allows students to mature into concepts. Self evaluation of exams lets CCSS come full circle and becomes a catalyst to success and self appreciation. It deepens the meaning of education. I really think the time we spend with students getting them to evaluate themselves and reflect on their learning is invaluable because they see the purpose and can celebrate progress, no matter what entrance level they were.

During the process, I heard a lot of chatter about how they thought they had grown as they looked at each problem on their exams. How wonderful to hear the excitement! I didn't put any letter grades on their tests on purpose because I want them to focus on standards. They only saw the difference in the numbers on their tests to show growth. That way, if someone didn't master it completely, they could still see and appreciate that they mastered some of the standards. This helps them understand that I am wanting them to focus on their mastery and not their failures. I predict as CCSS progress in our profession, letter grades will become less important and we will celebrate mastery instead of A's! What a difference this concept makes in their self-confidence.

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Subtraction and Addition of Multi-digit Numbers: Assessing Our Growth

Unit 10: Addition and Subtraction: Algorithms to One Million
Lesson 6 of 7

Objective: SWBAT assess their growth in mastery of standards involving rounding, adding and subtracting of multi-digit numbers and solving multi-step word problems.

Big Idea: Students examine their pre and post tests to evaluate what standards are mastered and which need to still be mastered through writing a reflection.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Operations , subtraction, Writing in Math, student accountability, rounding, multidigit numbers, Test Review
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