Apps for Formative Assessment Grade 10
- Lee W Fisher
These applets are designed to allow students to practice and self assess various techniques for the BC grade 10 course. Mastering these takes the students somewhere between the K (knowledge) and the D (do) of the curriculum introduced in 2018. Check out https://tentotwelvemath.com/fmp-10/ for related activities/projects that go beyond the basics. Quizzes at the end of units come with a practice applet, where students/teachers can view the full range of questions posed in each quiz. Those marked 'GC' are designed for use with Google Classroom. A note on pedagogy: I have used applets like these in my classroom since 2018. The more straightforward applets scaffold learning and make the math more accessible to some; on the other hand comprehensive quizzes give your whizzes the opportunity to demonstrate competence and move on to deeper, appropriately challenging learning. The applets are excellent for provoking discussion - everyone has the opportunity to become a tutor, and perhaps it is due to the fact that errors are there to be corrected (low to no negative consequence for any error) means that students do not (in my experience in the classroom) turn to photomath or some other short cut to solutions. They like to figure these applets out. My preferred 'picture' for learning is: notebook in front of the student, laptop to the side. Students who don't use a notebook often show great comprehension of the concepts involved and enjoy the trickery of doing it all in their head - but their use of the applet does not generally turn into long term learning. In addition, the ability to communicate is showing up as ever more important in our assessment of students, so their notebooks go some way to developing that competency. Therefore, the notebook is an essential part of the assessment, the difference however is that the math does not need to be 'corrected' - discussion can focus on difficulties experienced, strategy used, how easy their notebook is to follow etc.