UAM Teacher Interns Present Workshop On Assessment Strategies For Mathematics Education

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Workshop Interns – (from left) Shawna Densmore, Amy Flemister and Sandra Powell presented a workshop on assessment techniques. The workshop was presented at the Middle Level Education Pre-Service Conference. Photo Courtesy of Media Services

MONTICELLO — Using different assessment methods to measure and improve students’ understanding of mathematics was the subject of a recent workshop presented by three University of Arkansas-Monticello education students.

   Amy Flemister and Shawna Densmore, both senior middle level education majors from Wilmar, and Sandra Powell, a senior middle level education major from Warren, presented the workshop to the Middle Level Education Pre-Service Conference hosted by the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

   The workshop was used to discuss a variety of assessment strategies which can provide feedback to adjust course content and rigor, teaching techniques, and learning strategies to improve student achievement.

   Under the direction of Pam Beard, instructor of education and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics director, and Terri Smith, science specialist, the interns developed a research-based presentation of best practices for formative assessment in math. The presentation included the use of video technology using both slide shows and video clips.

   “I believe our students were able to inspire, motivate, entertain and challenge their audience,” said Smith. “The interns used a wide variety of strategies to demonstrate the eight mathematical practices in formative assessment and demonstrated the vision of what the newly adopted common core state standards should look like in a student centered classroom. The participants walked away with new strategies they had not been exposed to before.”

   For more information, contact the UAM School of Education at (870) 460-1062.

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