“Most people find mathematics confusing, at times. Nevertheless, you the reader may still get confused occasionally. Everyone who studies mathematics experiences mental blocks once in a while, something that just doesn’t seem to make sense. This is not a sign of stupidity! The question is, what should you do to overcome a mental block? Here are three possible approaches:
1. Forget it, it’s probably not important anyway.
2. Forget about understanding the point, just memorize the result.
3. Take the time to identify the difficulty, and then try to resolve it.
One of the reasons, I think, that many people “drop out” of math is that they start adopting strategies 1 or 2. Either of these strategies is a sure-fire recipe for eventual failure. In learning mathematics, any point of confusion must be eliminated as soon as it occurs. If not, everything that follows on from the point of confusion will also be confusing. Pretty soon the whole subject becomes incomprehensible – and then hateful.”
- Excerpt from the book Math Overboard by Colin Clark
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Information about the Common Core of State Standards and the way we will assess the Common Core (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, aka SBAC) will be shared:SBAC Practice Test DirectionsSBAC Calculators
1. Tenured Teacher: 2 Formal and 1 Informal observation.
2. Non-Tenured Teacher: 3 Formal and 1 Informal Observation.
1. October/November: Suggested Informal Observation complete.
2. November 15th: Meeting for Goal Setting/planning, set date for first observation.
3. By January 15th: First observation completed.
4. By February 15th: Mid-year check-in: Review goals and performance to date/discuss and set future observation dates.
5. By June 1st: Summatives completed.
a. SLO Rubric
d. Bloomboard (Observation and Evaluation) Program: https://apps.bloomboard.com/users/login
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