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Stop Pulling Teeth: How to extract students mathematical thinking Deb Rosenfeld Suenita Lawrence Education Development Center, Inc.

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Jane bought a birthday card. She gave the cashier $3 and received 3 coins as change.

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Agenda Whats a headline story? Using headline stories in your classroom Lets make some headline stories!

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Prompting Questions What can you say? What questions can you ask? What do you want to figure out? What can you predict? What else do you need to know?

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Features of Headline Stories No particular question is asked Open-ended so there are multiple approaches and solutions Lead to further questions Allow for finding math in everyday situations No key words

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Framing Assessment

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What is formative assessment? Assessing as you go Part of your instruction

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Why formative assessment? Shows what students know and can do Helps teachers to: –better understand students thinking and reasoning –pinpoint students errors or misunderstandings Informs further instruction

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Formative assessment: How? Inquiry style discussion Routine check-ins Headline Stories!

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From the classroom… + = 10 Consider what each response tells you about students thinking and understanding

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Grade 1 Responses

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Grade 5 Responses + = , / /2 8 feet + 24 inches = 10 feet 5 feet + 60 inches = 10 feet A + 0 = 10 so A = 10 A + B = 10, B + A = 10, 10 - A = B, 10 - B = A

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Create your own Headline Story Think of a skill to assess Think of a context where it might be used Describe that scenario without posing a question

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Recording student responses Student idea page: My idea, someone elses idea, new idea Snapshot of students responses: Display on chart paper, take a picture, type up responses

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Teachers Voices [Headline Stories] get students thinking outside the box. How many different ways can you come up with one thing? And all of them are right…Its making them see that there are different options. - CV

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[Headline Stories] make them think of their own things. It gets the mathematical mind started. - JT It gets students to think more abstractly. - LW Teachers Voices

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Thank you! We hope you try out Headline Stories in your classroom! For more on Headline Stories and Think Math, look us up on the web: or us at:

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