I use the EveryDay Math program, and six months ago I was a hot, frazzled mess. I had aligned many of the Math Boxes (daily spiral review practice) to the skills I assess on my report card, and the plan was to use them as formative assessments. I would record my students' performances and pull small groups for enrichment or reteaching. Sounds like a good idea, right? Well, I was having a hard time keeping up with recording in my grade book part. When I see a giant stack of Math Journals staring at me, hoping I'd grade them, I will find something, anything to do instead. I tried to grade Math Boxes on the spot, but that was hard too, because I always had 5+ students waiting in line to be checked off (and of course, chatting up a storm with each other) plus 5 more kiddos asking for help. Independent work time was a nightmare!
It was then that I came up with this idea:
Mighty Math is a set of weekly formative assessments that I use to evaluate progress towards the second grade Common Core State Standards. All ten of the 2nd grade math CCSS are included on the assessments, although I split three of them in two (addition & subtraction facts, larger addition & subtraction problems, and time & money), bringing it to a total of 13 problems each week. There are nine two-sided assessments that will get you through the first quarter of school. Here's week 1!
Every week, I have a shortened math period (50 minutes, as opposed to 75) due to my specials schedule. This is my Mighty Math Day. Students first complete their Mighty Math assessment. When they finish, they work independently on unfinished Math Journal pages from the previous week or Compass Learning Odyssey (a differentiated math website that aligns to their MAP scores). During this independent work time, I will pull groups of students who struggled with specific skills on the previous week's Mighty Math. So, for example, if I noticed that five students had trouble mixing up the hour and minute hand when telling time, I will pull them for more practice. We will review the problem, see if we can find the mistake, and practice telling time with Judy clocks or other supplies I have.
|Here's one of my bunnies from last year, plugging away on his Mighty Math!|
|This one I use to quickly see which skills were successful and which ones need reteaching.|
|Each student has one of these sheets. Each CCSS has its own box, and I am quickly able to see their strengths and weaknesses, as well as jot notes about the student's performance.|
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