Individual Math Conferences
Today, I interviewed several upper elementary students about math. These were students who had failed the math test and were going to be going to summer school. I wanted to know what their perception of what happened was. Surprisingly, they all said they liked math and felt they had a handle on it. I thought, “Wow!” What does this mean? So, I told them that I would like to do a “math interview” with them, where we would discuss problems and how they solved them. They agreed and we were off!
Now there are several types of interviews, but I did a content interview. I wanted to know what they knew. This experience just reminds me again, that IT’S really important that we talk to students about math. Some things we will only ever know by having a conversation. We should be doing math conferences. We have to find time in our schedules. Even if we only do 1 or 2 a semester, it is probably more than we have been doing. Math conferences can make all the difference in a student’s progress. When student’s have the time to talk about math and their individual performance, they have the opportunity to set goals. When students set goals, they have the opportunity to meet them. So, look at the forms I’ve uploaded and use them! And let me know how they work, please:)