With the introduction of Common Core, our students have been required to take Constructive Response assessments in Math. These are nothing more than challenging word problems that are equipped with multi-steps. Students, however, are required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the problem in a variety of ways. They are often asked to explain their thinking, show an equation to match the problem, and/or draw a diagram. Our teachers quickly learned that students would often know how to solve a problem, but leave out key steps that the problem had asked them to display. Missing that information led to students not earning all of their mathematical content or mathematical practice points. Our fabulous educators got together and brainstormed all the different ways that students could demonstrate their knowledge base of the task. SO...at our school, we "S.W.E.E.P." the Constructive Response assessments (CRAs) by "putting in symbols where necessary, using words or labels to display what we're working with (yards, pounds, cookies, etc.), writing mathematical equations to match the task, explaining our thinking, and drawing pictures or diagrams to show what we know!" SWEEP!
I created this little mini-poster for teachers to display in their classrooms. They're training students to solve word problems using the S.W.E.E.P. acronym. It's making a difference in student responses. Their answers are not only more thorough, but teachers can easily identify where mistakes might be occurring.
If your students are taking CRAs, feel free to use the S.W.E.E.P. mini poster to give students an additional strategy for what to include or double check for when tackling these type tasks.
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