On the weekend there were questions that involved multiplying 2 or 3 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers. In class, we looked at 2 approaches: one offered by me and one offered by Nat. It served as the basis for a note which was recorded into the Math book:
|This was the note.|
After, we tried this approach on another question to see if it worked.
The last test was returned to everyone. As I reported, there were some very happy students and some who were concerned about their grades. In some cases, when there is a failing mark, I have provided an opportunity to do Rewrites. Basically, you have the opportunity to redo the question and receive a mark that is worth half of the original total value. The idea behind this is to give any student who has gotten below 50% an opportunity to improve his or her grade.
Confused? Well, the idea behind it is that the student will take the time to find out where they went wrong on a particular question or questions, be able to articulate it, and then attempt to do the question again. Here is a sample from a class I taught back 2002:
Coincidentally, the topic at hand was Order of Operations, something we are doing now. The student needs to recognize what they did wrong and then solve the question again. I have since modified this paper by removing the part where the student has to add a "detailed explanation."
The current Rewrite looks like this:
-Multiplication test on Friday
-check the Homework chart at school to see what you may need to catch up on