published by David Wees on Sat, 05/03/2014 - 03:34
First, give an exit slip to your students based on a particularly important concept (PIC) for which you want to check for understanding.
Next, sort the exit slips into piles based on the method students chose to use (whether they used it perfectly or not). Choose two examples from the student work that highlight one or two probably misconceptions students still have on the chosen PIC.
published by David Wees on Thu, 05/01/2014 - 03:22
The objective of my presentation at NCTM in New Orleans was to introduce participants to social media, which was made difficult because participants did not have Internet access. As it turns out, this ended up forcing me into a couple of activities which were pivotal experiences for participants.
published by David Wees on Fri, 03/21/2014 - 17:16
The Teaching Channel recently published four videos which describe much of the work I do with teams of teachers in a project known as Accessing Algebra Through Inquiry (or a2i for short). One of the primary objects of the a2i project is to build the capacity of school-based teams of teachers working collaboratively to improve their practice and make evidence based choices about their instruction.
published by David Wees on Fri, 03/14/2014 - 09:29
PARCC recently released some sample computer-based test items for ELA and high school mathematics, so I thought I would check them out since NY state is still officially planning (eventually?) to use the PARCC assessments.
published by David Wees on Sat, 03/08/2014 - 15:43
Words are not ideas, anymore than the picture above is a pipe (it's a picture of a pipe).
When we communicate about ideas we are forced to use words (or gestures or images, which are also not the ideas themselves), and so consequently we are never communicating ideas directly. We communicate about ideas through the medium of language.
published by David Wees on Fri, 02/28/2014 - 06:00
The house my wife and I live in was recently sold, and so we have started looking for another apartment. Our current lease expires in a year and a half, and so we decided that, given how challenging the rental market is in NYC, that we should start looking right away. We also decided, somewhat arbitrarily, that we would attempt to find an apartment in the next six months, if only because we knew we would get sick of looking pretty quickly.