Mathspace is **most effective** when used for **both instruction and assessment** in a constant loop where each one drives the next. (I.e.instruction choices determine the appropriate assessment method, then the assessment determines the methods for instruction, and so on).

**Teacher Focused Instruction** - Use Mathspace for direct instruction by

- Displaying example problems and videos during whole group instruction.
- Modeling how you work through a problem in front of the class.
- Having students read hints and next steps to see what correct solutions look like.
- Using the eBook as your guide for class notes - students can always access them later for review!
- Demonstrating underlying concepts with the interactive widgets and video concept introductions.

**Dialogue Oriented Instruction** - Encourage meaningful dialogue and mathematical discussion by

- Holding class discussions on investigations, solutions to difficult problems, or creative student solutions
- Inviting students to present their solutions to the class
- Allowing students to pair off and think together, using the hints to scaffold peer assisted tutoring.

**Student Focused Instruction** - Have students take charge of their own learning by

- Utilizing Mathspace's mental modeling in videos, example solutions and step-by-step feedback and hints
- Exploring mathematical phenomena, discovering patterns, and connecting math to practical situations in our eBook Investigations.

**Formative Assessment **(typically not graded, or graded for completion)

- Assign adaptive tasks to measure continuous growth of students.
- Assign custom tasks for quick check-ins, exit tickets, or bell-ringers to gauge students' current knowledge.
- Assign fast-track tasks before topic instruction to see students' prior knowledge.
- Read about how teachers use Formative Assessments in Mathspace.

**Self-Assessment **(typically not graded, or graded for completion)

- Include classroom activities where students set long term personal goals and reflect regularly, such as journaling or teacher conferences.
- Have students monitor their own progress through the progress bars in the topics page.
- Have students reflect on their solution methods by viewing their scorecards from a task.

**Summative Assessments **(typically graded)

- Assign a custom task and turn off the hints and videos.
- Use for full-course exams, unit tests, and mid-unit quizzes.
- For absent students or students needing extended time: Clone the task and change the start and end date and time.

Need some concrete examples of how to use Mathspace in the classroom? View our **Sample Lessons** to see how best practices are put in place!