1 Reply Latest reply: Aug 9, 2013 1:40 PM by Jane Brown RSS

Looking for ways to help students improve open response for high school math.

jennyfitzmaurice New User
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Any ideas?

  • Re: Looking for ways to help students improve open response for high school math.
    Jane Brown Master
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    I understand your desire to help your students become better at solving open response math questions. These problems can be challenging for all students, but especially student good at math. How can that be? These students can have a hard time explaining and writing out steps when the answer just popped in their head.


    For those educators for whom this is a new phrase, open response questions in math require students to understand the problem, develop a plan for solving it, solve the problem and check their work, and explain their thinking.

     

    The only way students are going to be good at solving open response math questions, is to do it regularly. Hand them a rubric to help them see when they have successfully solved an open response problem.

     

    PointsMath Open Response Scoring Rubric
    4
    • Clearly explains thinking by describing steps used to solve the problem, including specific math vocabulary and words from the question
    • Shows work which may include computations, diagrams, and/or charts
    • Labels parts of the answer
    • Computation and answer are correct
    3
    • Clearly explains thinking by describing steps used to solve the problem, including some math vocabulary and words from the question
    • Shows some work including computations diagrams, and/or charts
    • Labels parts of the answer
    • Computations and answer are correct
    2
    • Explanation of thinking is not clear, little writing with no math vocabulary
    • Lack of order in computation or does not show work (difficult to follow)
    • Answer is not labeled
    • Did not answer all parts of the question
    • Computations and answer are incorrect
    1
    • No explanation of thinking, no math vocabulary or wrong math vocabulary is used
    • Did not follow directions
    • Computations and answer is incorrect
    0
    • No explanation of thinking
    • Answer is not related to the question
    • No work is shown

     

    Revise to fit your needs, but this one way to help your students be independent learners.

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