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Case Study [electronic resource]: Animals in Yellowstone (Elementary)

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Shows how a fourth- and fifth-grade class uses a field trip to Yellowstone National Park to practice estimation skills and develop an understanding of large numbers. Student groups must agree on a reasonable estimate of the numbers of bison, elk, or pronghorn sheep that live in the park. Their teacher uses various methods to assess their reasoning skills and level of understanding.
Online
1997
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Case Study [electronic resource]: Problem Solvers Fall and Spring (Elementary)

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Visits a combined first and second grade classroom in the fall and the following spring. A fall lesson has the entire class working in groups to estimate the number of seeds in a pumpkin. The following spring student groups solve individual problems, and then write problems of their own creation using informal language to describe mathematical situations.
Online
1997
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Teacher Insights K-4 (Elementary) [electronic resource]

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Six elementary school teachers explain the variety of assessement techniques they use. Consulting educators examine the teachers' comments and strategies within the context of the NCTM Assessment Standards.
Online
1997
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Case Study [electronic resource]: Fraction Tracks (Middle School)

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Follows students as they play the Fraction Tracks game, which requires them to move pieces along number lines on a game board to get from zero to one. The teacher assesses their knowledge of equivalent fractions as they play.
Online
1997
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Case Study [electronic resource]: Building Rafts With Rods (Middle School)

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Challenges seventh- and eighth-grade students to calculate the surface area and volume of a raft built with 1 to 10 rods, graph their data, develop a formula for the task, and write a question that will explain the task to subsequent classes. The activity helps their teacher assess their ability to recognize patterns and develop functions.
Online
1997
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Teacher Insights 5-8 (Middle School) [electronic resource]

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Seven middle school teachers explain their uses of assessment in their classrooms. Two guest commentators underscore the learning opportunities presented by various assessments.
Online
1997
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Case Study [electronic resource]: Ferris Wheel (High School)

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Follows high school math students as they develop a function which describes the position of a rider on a double Ferris wheel. The previous assignment asked for a similar function, but for a single Ferris wheel. Their teacher moves about the room listening as groups discuss how to set up the problem and asks carefully framed questions to make sure they're on the right track.
Online
1997
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Case Study [electronic resource]: Group Test (High School)

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Presents a four-problem semester review test on the uses of functions in mathematical modeling. Students work in groups to complete the test using graphing calculators, resource sheets, and group discussion to find the solutions. This approach allows the teacher to give his students more challenge questions and assess their ability to work collaboratively.
Online
1997
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Teacher Insights 9-12 (High School) [electronic resource]

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Seven high school teachers discuss their methods for assessing student learning, and encouraging students' self-assessment. Guest commentators offer additional comments on individual teachers remarks as well as on a group discussion of teachers.
Online
1997
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Beyond Testing [electronic resource]

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Teachers, administrators, parents and policymakers discuss some of the issues related to new types of assessment, such as finding time to plan; efficient ways to gather, record and anaylze daily observations; learning to use tools such as portfolios and rubrics; and gaining support from administrators. The video provides background information on assessment issues and some questions for further discussion.
Online
1997
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Patterns and Function: In Practice [electronic resource]

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In this follow-up to Workshop 3, the teachers discuss how they taught the patterns lessons in their classrooms, learn to evaluate student work, and design new lessons.
Online
2000
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Polygons and Angles: In Practice [electronic resource]

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In this follow-up to Workshop 5, the teachers discuss how they taught the polygon lessons in their classrooms, learn to evaluate student work, and design new lessons.
Online
2000
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Sampling and Probability: In Practice [electronic resource]

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In this follow-up to Workshop 7, the teachers discuss how they taught the sampling lessons in their classrooms, and learn to evaluate whether or not student work meets standards.
Online
2000
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Tallying the Final Score [electronic resource]

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Teachers examine steps they can take to assess student learning and help students learn by moving away from traditional tests and toward alternative forms of assessment.
Online
1999
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Following Children's Ideas in Mathematics [electronic resource]

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Offers an overview of the unprecedented long-term study conducted by Rutgers University followed the development of mathematical thinking in a randomly selected group of students for 12 years. Looks at some of the conditions that made their math achievement possible.
Online
2000