I love how practical and real your graphing lessons are! We also use Everyday Math, but your curriculum looks really great! Does it really emphasize investigations daily, or is that something that you have chosen to enhance?
I have my students keep data folders. They graph their progress on spelling tests, math tests, parallel math questions, Scholastic Reading Inventory scores, monthly extended responses for test prep, and various other assessments. They use the data to set goals and determine how to reach their goals. Over time, they adjust their approach to studying or practicing a particular skill based on their results. I have found this to be extremely practical and helpful. Sure, it takes a little bit of extra time, but it is so meaningful and it really helps the students to take ownership of their own learning.
It also allows them to become experts and monitor their progress. In the spring, the students meet with their parents for student-led conferences. They are armed with work samples, their data folders, and a checklist to guide their discussion. I definitely would recommend keeping data notebooks to anyone interested in having student-led conferences.
Hi, Amanda! YOUR graphing ideas sound great. I may try to have students monitor their data in NCS Lab (which is our computer program with reading and math questions daily). The math series emphasizes the investigations, but I come up with some of my own as well that compliment the program. The kids really enjoyed measuring their heights in comparison to the kindergarten students.
By the way, I am going to have student-led conferences at the end of the year!! Or try to, anyway. - Victoria
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