## Diagnostic: Mode & Median

The other day in a junior classroom the classroom teacher and I gave the students this task as a diagnostic for Data Management. It is a question I adapted from one I found in the Primary EQAO Assessment. The list below shows the number of points the junior basketball team … More Diagnostic: Mode & Median »

## Understanding Relationships Between Quantity and the Patterns Within Our Number System

Working one-on-one with students who are demonstrating a fragile sense of number are opportunities I greatly value.  I always approach these times from an inquiry perspective, looking for clues to help me understand their struggles.  Often they are demonstrating many strengths in some areas, but something is keeping them from … More Understanding Relationships Between Quantity and the Patterns Within Our Number System »

## Assessment for Learning – Fractions

Recently I was invited to be a member of the EOSDN Panel Presentation at CAfLN (Canadian Assessment for Learning Network Conference & Symposium) held at Queen’s University.  CAfLN is a member-led, non-profit organization connecting people across Canada who are interested in the use of assessment for learning and the … More Assessment for Learning – Fractions »

## Assessment – The Key to Precision

Last month I wrote a post called, “Preciseness Will Impact Student Achievement”.  After posting it, I remembered something that I had written a few years ago. Due to a stroke in December 2011 that left my husband unable to speak or write we became involved in the InteRACT program at … More Assessment – The Key to Precision »

## What does = mean?

How often do we make assumptions about students’ mathematical understanding in the younger grades because they are able to compute equations such as 5+7 or 12-7?  In a Gr 2-3 class we asked the students to independently solve the following question: 8 + 4 = _ + 5 Just … More What does = mean? »

## Big Ideas, Learning Goals and Feedback

“The purpose of assessment is not to rate, rank and sort students, but to provide meaningful feedback that leads to high performance for all students.” (Mariano & Heflebower) It is imperative that educators understand the power of the relationship between big ideas, learning goals and feedback. To impact student thinking … More Big Ideas, Learning Goals and Feedback »