As I've already said, I have WAY too many books in my to-be-read pile and today is an absolutely GORGEOUS day with a light breeze, sunlight, and temps around 80 degrees, so of course, I'm choosing to be outside enjoying the weather! Today I decided to pick up a more math-y book, so I found this gem in my pile:
I'm pretty sure it was supposed to be an #EduRead book once upon a time as my Amazon account shows that I purchased it back in the Summer of 2014, but I've never read it :) (Let's just say I'm *really* addicted to buying books!)
Even today, it took me a bit to get past the Introduction, etc and I was tempted to put it down, but I persevered and I'm glad I did! This book promises to have 60+ strategies, but I'm stuck on Strategy #1 - Convergence Mastery. As soon as I read the strategy, I sat down the book, started writing in my journal, researching via Google, and decided that I had to blog!
From my research, here's a definition based on a previous book by Mr. Thomas:
Basically, if there is a skill you wish all of your students to have, you build in these short mini-quizzes. The teacher writes multiple short (2-4 question) quizzes, similar to what I would call a "Quick Check" in my classroom, with each quiz being the same skill / difficulty, but with different problems. Students take the first quiz individually, then you grade it (or have them peer grade) as either a "100" or an "Incomplete". Students review their errors and try again repeatedly until all students have earned "100". The author has the students that earn a "100" become teacher assistants, helping the other students (which reminds me of Amy Gruen's Green Pen idea).
So after reading about this strategy, I immediately starting pondering its use in my classroom, especially with the logistics. I love the idea, but it would need to be quick / fast and not use a ton of classtime overall. The author had the students peer grade, but I'm rather gun-shy about that practice to be honest.
One thing I loved immediately about this strategy is its potential for formative assessment use. I really dislike giving a formal quiz that I haven't already informally assessed via a Quick Check or Exit Ticket and provided student feedback. Granted, this means a lot of grading on my part but quarter sized sheets go SO much faster than a full blown assessment! :) This strategy has the potential benefit of allowing me to assess basic skills in a very low-stakes kind of way.
What topics could this be used with? Pretty much anything that is skill based. Overall, I think the quizzes could be pretty easily made using a worksheet generator (like Kuta)
For my classes:
- Forensic Science - Reading calipers
- Pre-Calc - Unit circle values; Graphing w/ transformations; so many skills!
- AP Stat - Reading computer output & interpreting for LSRL; Identification of sampling methods; Minimum sample size; Normal probabilities; Again - so many ideas!!!
- Geometry - Compass / straightedge constructions; Circle theorems; Surface Area / Volume
How would you use this strategy? What are potential pitfalls that I've missed? How would you handle the logistics?