Monday, February 28, 2011
This month has been spent really gearing up for CSAPs. I have been using tenmarks.com for 30 minutes three days a week. I was having trouble holding students accountable for the work they were doing. In order to help me keep track of this, I created a simple recording sheet. It has spaces to record ten problems that a student works on from a particular skill set, a place to indicate whether they got the problem correct or incorrect, and a space to record their reflection if they did not answer the problem correctly. I call it a reflection because that is something they are supposed to be doing for IB. It really seems to have helped hold the students more accountable for their work. Also, I have given the students the option of taking a sheet that can track 20 problems in lieu of the daily homework. I have only had 4 or 5 students consistently choose tenmarks over homework. I have had a number of students who are now working on tenmarks at home. Overall, the students need help reflecting on the reasons they are not answering questions correctly, but more are investing time to watch the instructional videos and putting in some extra effort in order to get the problem correct so they do not have to write a reflection.