When I first started teaching, at the end of each day, I would open my teacher’s guide, grab my pen, and thumb through the stack of completed worksheets. My eyes would dart quickly from the red answers in the teacher’s guide to the corresponding answers on each student’s page. I would dole out my x’s and checks with finality and authority. When I got to the end of a page, I would tally a percentage score and enter it into my electronic grade book. I approached every piece of student work as if it were a summative assessment.
By Jennifer Wilson
One of your students is asked, “What are you learning about today in class?”
How does your student respond?
- “The questions on this worksheet”
- “Deciding if two figures are congruent”
During class, one of your students asks you, “Is this going to be on the test?”
How do you respond?
- Pretend like you didn’t hear the question
- With an eye roll
- “Everything I say is going to be on the test”
- “Let’s see how what we’re doing is connected to today’s learning goals”
We know from years of math education research that establishing and sharing learning goals are important for both teachers and students. Even so, we don’t always agree with when and how they should be shared.