Formative Assessment with Mathematical Models

Presented by: Dr. Julie McNamara, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at California State University East Bay
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This edWebinar is part three of our three-part series, Making Your Math Class a Model to Behold, which addresses the steps you can take as a teacher to make your mathematics classroom as successful as possible for you and your students. It focuses on the research-based strategies around the Standards for Mathematical Practice. The series specifically focuses on the upper-elementary mathematics classroom, but can be applied to all K-8 grade levels.

Mathematical models, visual representations, lie at the heart of upper-elementary education. Fraction bars, arrays, base ten blocks—these all play a huge role in building deep understanding. When students are asked to represent their thinking with these models, we can formatively assess their mastery. In this edWebinar, Dr. Julie McNamara provided practical examples for teachers to consistently incorporate visual models into lessons to better see into student understanding. She also shared actionable advice to principals and math coaches for how to determine the effectiveness of modeling practices in the classroom.