3. Recognise built-in assessment opportunities
The Maths — No Problem! Programme has a number of built-in assessment opportunities — some more obvious than others.
The easy ones to recognise are the end-of-chapter reviews and end-of-year summative assessments. But, the workbooks have quick assessment check opportunities too.
Let’s break it down.
Every lesson in the Maths — No Problem! Programme is linked to a curriculum objective and includes corresponding workbook pages. What you might not realise is that the corresponding activities are divided into number sections and the activities get progressively more difficult.
The sections work with these guidelines:
Part 1: a child knows the basics and concepts.
Part 2: a child knows the basics and concepts, and can solve familiar problems.
Part 3: a child knows the basics and concepts, and can solve unfamiliar problems.
Not every child needs to complete every section of the workbook pages assigned to the lesson. Some children will only have an understanding of the basic concept, while others will be able to apply the concept to unfamiliar problems.
Because every lesson is linked with a curriculum objective, in general terms, we can use their independent work to make quick observations.
For example, if a student consistently can only complete the first sections, we might say they are working towards the curriculum objective. If they can complete the middle sections, they might be working at the expected level. And if they consistently complete all workbook pages accurately, they could be working confidently.
Understanding the workbook structure allows us to see at a daily glance how students are tracking against the curriculum objectives.