SUDDS November 2017 Newsletter

What We’ve Been Up To

    • Presentation at NC School/University Partnership Conference, Wilmington, NC. On October 21, Project/Outreach Coordinator Will McGowan and Graduate Research Assistants Meetal Shah and Mike Belcher presented with instructional coach Catherine Schwoebel and sixth-grade teacher Lissa Teston to describe our partnership with a nearby school. Attendees were excited about the mutual benefits of such partnerships. View the slides here.
    • Presentations at NCCTM, Greensboro, NC. On November 3, Meetal Shah and Mike Belcher traveled to the NCCTM conference to give a presentation on using Math-MapperTM as a tool for student empowerment (slides here), as well as a workshop about our recent design study on ratio with our partner school (slides here).
    • New study with a partner school. In October, our learning science team worked with three seventh-grade teachers and their students on a unit on percents. The Math-Mapper diagnostic assessments served as bookends to a unit developed by the learning science team. Below is one student’s feedback on the dynamic student reports used in the study.
      • Researcher: How is this report similar to or different from other test reports that you’ve seen?
      • Student: It’s very different because it actually shows me everything….I prefer it this way so I can actually see everything and know what I need to work on….It’s actually very helpful. And it has everything that I need to know on it.

Students working through a Math-Mapper diagnostic assessment.

What’s New in Math-Mapper

    • New landing page and guided tutorial. Visitors to Math-Mapper will now be greeted by a new landing page, as well as an optional walk-through tutorial that highlights Math-Mapper’s key features.
    • Expanded item pool. The SUDDS item pool has grown larger this year, allowing for more opportunities for students to take retests and practice at a single learning trajectory level.
    • Updated user guide with appendices. The user guide now includes a table-of-contents-style list of all big ideas, clusters, and constructs in the map. Also new is a list of all student misconceptions and their associated cluster codes.
    • Misconceptions in the map. The learning trajectories have a new layer of detail: misconceptions. Click the caution sign to view common misconceptions students have as they move up the trajectory.

Misconceptions are now visible in the learning trajectories.

What’s Next in Math-Mapper

  • Item analysis for teachers. Teachers will see breakdowns of student responses to each item, as well as the percentage of students who showed evidence of a misconception about a particular item. The answer key can be turned off to allow for whole-class discussion of responses.
  • Administrator reports. We are working with our school administrator partners to develop an administrator dashboard to help them make informed decisions about how to support teachers and students.

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