Category Archives: Assessment

Affirmation of Assessment Activity

In my previous post,  PD: If It’s Important,  I referred to a PD activity regarding our “Eight Big Ideas” for Assessment. We did the activity with teachers today.  I realized, part way through, that it was an exercise in affirmation, … Continue reading

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PD: If it’s important …

Our secondary school curriculum team had a huge planning session today: tomorrow we begin a big drive on assessment as part of rolling out the IB MYP Next Chapter. We were looking at our presentation, which included a slide quoting … Continue reading

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Size does matter, so how do I get the right length?

Last year I had to put in too much time to grade all the assignments for my grade 10 extended MYP mathematics class.  Students would do way more work than I intended them to do, in order to reach the … Continue reading

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The IB DP Mathematics Exams of the (very near) Future

Currently, IB Mathematics students can use a graphing calculator in some, or all, of their external examination, depending on the course.  Similarly, AP Calculus allows students to use a graphing calculator for only part of the examination.  All examinations are … Continue reading

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IB MYP and Math Tests – Students rise to the challenge

I have a renewed respect for math tests.  For the last few years, I have not given a test at the end of every unit.  It is more like at the end of alternate units.  Other units might conclude with … Continue reading

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When will we ever use this?

Throughout my 20+ years of teaching mathematics, I have somewhat dreaded this question, but have always made sure I had a good answer: be it the trig functions modelling tides and seasons, or quadratics to represent projectile motion.  If there … Continue reading

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The side effects of assessment.

I had a “bad” day assessment-wise yesterday. The kids are still so focused on what grade they get, it drives me nuts. I understand their point of view, they are worried about their future, and I am trying to tell … Continue reading

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