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Uncover common mathematical misconceptions with 25 easy-to-implement assessments. You can continuously monitor learning and improve student skills and processes in algebra, functions, geometry, and more!
Chapter 1: Mathematics Assessment Probes
Mathematics Assessment Probes
To differentiate instruction effectively, teachers need diagnostic assessment strategies to gauge their students’ prior knowledge and uncover their misunderstandings. By accurately identifying and addressing areas of difficulties, teachers can help their students avoid becoming frustrated and disenchanted with mathematics and can prevent the perception that “some people just aren't good at math.” Diagnostic strategies also support instruction that builds on individual students’ existing understandings while addressing their identified difficulties. Targeting specific areas of difficulty—for example, the transition from reasoning about whole numbers to understanding numbers that are expressed in relationship to other numbers (decimals and fractions)—enables teachers to perform focused and effective diagnostic assessment (National Research Council, 2005, p. 310). The Mathematics Assessment Probes in this book allow teachers ...