Using the Quick Check to Inform Differentiated Instruction

Contributed by Jessica Palmer-Gwaltney Introduction As educators, we know how important formative assessment is in our classrooms. Formative assessment gives us a chance to check for understanding during lessons and use that information to guide our instructional decisions. The big issue with assessment is that often times we may feel that we don’t have the time to assess thoroughly or repeatedly. With pressure to “cover” standards and adhere to pacing[…]

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Conceptual Understanding versus Procedural Fluency through Skip Counting

Contributed by Lynne Taylor How many in this community experienced a focus on procedural fluency in school? And what did our teacher training focus on? I knew instinctively as a student that if I could understand something conceptually, then I got it and could use it. I no longer stressed during tests, because I knew that I could recreate a formula since I understood the concept behind it. However, most[…]

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