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!