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Midterm #1 (Shapeshifting)
Midterm #2 (Mad Science)
Midterm #3 (Justice)
No Calculator Test
Pop Quiz #1 (the fake pop quiz, for the announcement about becoming "a mather")
Pop Quiz #2 (rent or buy a house?)
Pop Quiz #3 (plan a road trip)
Pop Quiz #4 (sorting fraction word problems)
Our class has been doing many group projects about Becoming a Mather. Because my December class planning put "pop quizzes" on the syllabus but not "group projects", we have been calling them "pop quizzes" for grading. I'll fix that for future terms.
How does each project relate to the five steps of "real math"?
The steps, and the number of times they are the focus of a group project below, are:
- A Problem Appears (2)
- Shrink Real Life to Paper (4)
- Arithmetic (all of them)
- Evaluate Results (1)
- Communication (2)
I should also be flexible with letting students bring to the class their own group project ideas.
(1) Evaluate Results - Exploring Error Propogation [Estimating]
(2) Communication - Foot Size and Height [Measurement Units]
(3) Shrink Real Life to Paper - Rent or Buy a House [One Step Conversions]
(4) Communication - Eratosthenes and the Earth [Measurement Units]
(5) Shrink Real Life to Paper - Planning a Road Trip [Percent Of]
(6) Shrink Real Life to Paper - Students design unit analysis problems for each other [Unit Analysis]
(7) A Problem Appears - Students design proportion problems for each other [Proportion Word Problems]
(8) Shrink Real Life to Paper - Goldfish Counting [Proportion Word Problems]
(9) Shrink Real Life to Paper - Which Arithmetic Operation for These Word Problems [All]
The first half of the class time devoted to each midterm test focuses on solving problems using the characteristics of well-written step-by-step problems.
The second half of each midterm test focuses on group collaboration to finish and fix answers. There will be a lot of valuable learning involving explanations out loud and pointing at each other's papers—two resources that will forever vanish! Capture this learning by making fixes to your scratch work, and by finishing any test problems you did not finish by yourself. (Each group member should write his or her own fixes.)
Write your fixes and finishings distinctly. Use another color pencil, pencil versus pen, separate pieces of paper, clouds around the fixes, etc. The ability to clearly see which topics were difficult or promoted careless mistakes will help you be properly wary when studying for future tests.
Before leaving the classroom, or later that same day, text or email your instructor a one sentence study plan.
This study plan should include using helpful study skills and habits and be relevant to the problems you fixed or the problems your group answer inaccurately. Optionally, it may also include reminders about improving test-taking technique.
The end result has a written record of which problems you need to study and your plan about how to study them. It also has every problems correctly solved in a step-by-step manner to be optimally helpful when studying for the final exam.