Students should set individual math goals!

Posted on January 18, 2010. Filed under: Assessment | Tags: , , |

Developing mathematicians must also have multiple opportunities to discuss their strengths and as well as their areas of struggles.  They must set specific math goals and then make a plan for achieving those goals.  Research shows that when students set goals for themselves, they are much more likely to achieve them.  Teachers have to work with students in order to set appropriate goals.  They should base these on the math data- including ongoing observations, math interviews and quizzes.  For instance, a student might say that their goal is to learn their 6 times tables.  However, after doing a math interview, the teacher might find out and discuss with the student that they really need to learn their 3’s first.  Math interviews can play a crucial role in scaffolding goal setting.

Furthermore, observations of students during Guided Math sessions, individual math conferences and math running records can help teachers guide students’ in their individual goal setting.

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2 Responses to “Students should set individual math goals!”

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Great post! Math conferences are definitely an area I’m really looking to grow in. I confer with students in reading and writing but only learned about holding math conferences this summer after researching Guided Math. Are there any resources that would help me learn more about how to structure a math conference with a student?

There are not a lot of resources out there about math conferences. The structure is similar to reading ones. However, there are some differences. I will be posting some more ideas about this in September.

Dr. Nicki

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