Component 1e: Designing Coherent Instruction
Component 1f: Designing Student Assessment
Everyday Mathematics Unit 8- Fractions
During my student teaching, I was presented with the challenge of teaching the lowest leveled math students how to add and subtract mixed fractions. Using Everyday Mathematics curriculum, I made multiple accommodations and adaptations to the lesson plans to bring it down to the students' level. They needed skills from previous units to be reinforced as well as acquire new skills. For the first half of the unit, I provided students with worksheets on how to add mixed numbers step by step and each day we worked on a different skill needed to add mixed numbers. After students mastered how to add mixed numbers, I tested them solely on skills applied to adding mixed numbers. Next, I introduced subtracting mixed numbers and the skills needed to accomplish that task. I worked one on one with a lot of the students to help them through the problems. When completing other work in class, students were able to work in small groups to talk each other through the problems. This worked great because there was at least one student at each group that clearly understood how to add and subtract mixed numbers, therefore they were able to help their peers. I provided students with written notes of how to complete adding and subtracting with mixed numbers. I found ways to bring it down to their level. In order to determine students' comprehension, I needed to complete multiple formative and summative assessments. For the math tests, I used the same questions from the Everyday Mathematics test, I simply provided students with more white space and fewer questions on one test. After several ticket out the doors, a graded homework, and two tests, the students in my class were able to successfully add and subtract mixed numbers with very little aid from the teacher.