The first day!

It’s coming! A lot of y’all will be beginning the new school year on Monday. If you’re still searching for a way to fill the time, considering stealing some of the ideas from this great diagostic activity.

You might look at it and wonder if it’s really a diagnostic, since there’s only those three little math questions at the bottom. And that’s what I like so much about it: it’s only assesing the most essential mathematical ideas for the first unit. Meanwhile, it provides all kinds of great information about students’ habits and beliefs: how are they at analyzing a situation for potential mathematical content? at posing mathematical questions? at thinking flexibly?

This would have to be modified for your grade and your vision, but it’s a great start…

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