My 8th graders are reviewing the basics… which happen to serve as a very important foundation for the rest of the year. I sense some of them think they’ve got it all together. Operations with integers? Been there, done that. I warn students that many common mistakes throughout the year date back to simple sign mistakes, so we want to get this thing right and save the bravado for another time.
Today, I whipped up a quiz using ThatQuiz.org and used it as a warm-up right before administering a “graded quiz” on adding integers. Upon entering class, students zapped a QR-code which took them to our class ThatQuiz URL. (Note – ThatQuiz is FREE, awesome, and allows teachers to easily set up password-protected classes, generates quick quizzes on all sorts of skills and concepts, AND allows teachers to design their own assessments. Much love to ThatQuiz here.) Students were prompted to log in to their individual accounts and take the (formative) quiz on their iPads while I spied on their real-time results on my own iPad.
I was able to intercept misconceptions before giving “THE Quiz” today – the “graded” one. Without singling anyone out, I viewed incorrect responses, and addressed issues. Several students were doing the negative-plus-negative-equals-positive gig, and doing a brief re-teach referencing yellow and red integer chips had several wide-eyed students going, “OH!” Those same students aced “THE Quiz” today – the graded one.
It felt good to use data to intervene today. Not every math concept is so cut-and-dry, but I hope to use ThatQuiz when I can, simply to throw one final safety-net to my students before an assessment that “counts”.
Here’s a ThingLink that organizes my class logins this year – a simple one-stop shop for students to access ThatQuiz by class period as I add more quizzes throughout the year. How do you use ThatQuiz.org?