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Math Chat Mondays #5: Encouraging Progress with Formative Assessment

A Math Moment with Cheryl Rose Tobey, K-5 Reveal Math Author

Meet Cheryl Rose Tobey

1. Why have you chosen a career supporting math classrooms?

2. How do you encourage students to enjoy math?

Learn more about how to engage students in math:

3. Describe the importance of formative assessments and how students benefit.

The shared element of reflecting on students’ understanding in the context of clearly identified goals helps students learn to monitor their progress, receive feedback intended to promote further learning, and incorporate the feedback into subsequent work.

4. How might educators utilize formative assessments effectively in classrooms and learning environments today?

A teacher’s role is to minimize the chances of students harboring misconceptions by knowing the potential difficulties students are likely to encounter, using formative assessments to elicit misconceptions, and implementing instruction to help students build conceptual understanding of the mathematics.

Hear more from Cheryl about using formative assessment math probes:

5. How did you get involved with Reveal Math and what are you most excited about?

6. What is the most important aspect of elementary mathematics today and how do you see it evolving?

7. What is your fondest math memory?

My fondest memory was when a student asked me, “But why do we flip and multiply?” and I realized I didn’t know and also didn’t know that students would care why and that not understanding the why would hinder the learning process.

Watch Cheryl about the benefits of formative assessment.

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