Are you using those cruddy "mad minutes" or some computer based assessment program in order to assess whether your students have gained automaticity with their addition facts? If you are, then I guarantee that not only are you doing it wrong, but even worse, you're probably getting incorrect information about what your students know or don't know.
The first thing you're doing wrong is that you're testing all the facts the same, for speed and accuracy. That is just plain wrong: not all addition facts are the same: some have to be assessed for conceptual understanding, while others require immediate recall. Are you still listening?
This 29 page packet will totally rock your world when it comes to determining what your students know and don't know about addition.
Here are some of the things you'll learn how to do:
• Those "mad minutes" you're using? Many of those questions don't belong there. Learn what makes them a lousy way of learning which addition facts your students know & don't know.
• Many addition facts are not actually "facts," but concepts. You'll learn which addition facts are concepts, and even better, have three different methods for assessing them.
• You'll learn how to assess students in large groups and individually, which will help you target which facts your students must practice in order to achieve proficiency.
• You'll get a full set of custom made question cards and recording sheets to effectively evaluate your students' automaticity with the addition facts.
• How to identify what strategies your students are using just by looking in their eyes (yes, this works!)
• Helpful tips for scaffolding students who have not yet mastered addition facts.
• A multi-player game to help your students master addition facts.
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