Uncovering Student Thinking in Mathematics, Grades K-5

Uncovering Student Thinking in Mathematics, Grades K-5
25 Formative Assessment Probes for the Elementary Classroom

Foreword by Page Keeley

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Mathematics | Student Assessment

© 2011 | 232 pages | Corwin

"Finally, a book to help teachers differentiate math instruction using their own individualized, current data! The practical, simple-to-use formative assessments allow teachers to identify areas of difficulty, correct misconceptions, and guide learning."
—Renee Peoples, Fourth Grade Teacher and K–5 District Math Facilitator
Swain County Schools, NC

"This book offers ways for teachers to gain more insight into what their students know and don't know."
—Carol Amos, Teacher Leader/Mathematics Coordinator
Twinfield Union School, VT

25 targeted probes that gauge students' mathematics comprehension in Grades K–5

Quickly identify each child's level of understanding with these easy-to-use assessment tools! This sequel to the bestseller Uncovering Student Thinking in Mathematics answers teachers' requests for more strategies to monitor classroom learning in real time. The authors provide 25 field-tested probes—brief, easily administered assessments—that can pinpoint students' areas of struggle in mathematics. Aligned with NCTM standards, these grade-appropriate probes are easy to implement immediately and help teachers:

  • Build on children's current understandings while addressing their identified difficulties
  • Quickly and objectively evaluate specific math skills
  • Determine students' common mistakes and obstacles to learning math
  • Measure learners' abilities and compare them to performance objectives

Tobey and Minton include their proprietary QUEST cycle model, which provides teachers with the necessary tools to make sound instructional choices and improve all students' mathematical knowledge.

Foreword by Page Keeley
About the Authors
1. Mathematics Assessment Probes
2. Instructional Implications
3. Structure of Number Probes: Place Value, Number Charts, and Number Lines
4. Structure of Number Probes: Parts and Wholes and Equality
5. Structure of Number Probes: Computation and Estimation
6. Measurement, Geometry, and Data Probes: Quadrilaterals
Resource: Notes Template: QUEST Cycle
Key features
  • Discusses standards, research results, and practical craft knowledge
  • Describes the purpose, structure, and development of mathematics assessment probes
  • Helps teachers build on students' current understandings while addressing their identified difficulties
  • Offers examples of the faulty thinking students are likely to exhibit and typical obstacles they may encounter

Sample Materials & Chapters

Foreword by Page Keeley

Chapter 1: Mathematics Assessment Probes

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