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Questions that build expertise with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 27, 2013 9:56:00 AM

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics begin with eight Standards for Mathematical Practice. These aren't content standards, but behaviors, expertise, and habits of mind necessary for successful work with math. Great math instruction pairs content standards with these standards of practice to ensure student success with math.

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Topics: common core, professional development, questioning, math

Project-Based Learning - Setting Expectations

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Aug 19, 2011 1:44:00 PM

As we set out to do project work, it is important to very specifically clarify our expectations for student work – both in the form of the final product, as well as behavior during the process. Here are some specific questions to make sure you answer as you begin project work with your students.
 

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Topics: pbl, technology, project-based learning, questioning, authentic task

Open-Ended Questioning with Bloom's

Posted by Joseph Machado on Aug 18, 2011 8:37:00 AM

Authentic assessment methods assess, among other things, students' abilities to use higher-order thinking skills to express content knowledge.  Open-ended questioning is a form of authentic assessment, and allows students to use higher-order thinking skills through a variety of content areas.  By their nature, open-ended questions assess writing, conceptual understanding, and thinking skills - especially students' abilities to analyze, to evaluate, and to solve problems.

When I was in the classroom I found using questioning strategies designed for each level of Bloom's Taxonomy to be the most effective.

Lower Order Thinking Skills typically only require rote knowledge and basic comprehension to answer.  In order for students to think critically about information they must master the basics of these skills.  Some questions might be:

How would you identify?
Describe what happens when __________?
How would you clarify the meaning ________?
What can you infer from _________?
What would the result be if __________?
How would you change _________?

Higher Order Thinking Skills typically require students to problem solve, organize and identify patterns, define relationships and create new ideas from known information, and recognize there are various viewpoints.  Some questions might be:

How could you verify __________?
What data was used to evaluate __________?
Discuss the pros and cons of __________?
How can you classify _________ according to ________?
What alternative would you suggest for _________?
What could you invent _________?

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Topics: questioning, understanding, constructivism

Developing the questions for project-based learning

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Jul 18, 2011 4:28:00 PM

Project-based learning (PBL) involves a large time commitment, so if you are going to make the time investment, you'll want to focus on the big ideas in our classroom curriculum.

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Topics: project-based learning, essential question, questioning, understanding

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