Digital Student Math Reflections

My classes finished their first assessments last week. During a normal year students would use their math journals and write-up a reflection about what they explored during the unit. Obviously things are different this year. Two of my classes are currently composed of about half in-person and the rest are online. The class is split between an AM/PM model, where half the students come in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. Keeping this in mind I’ve continued to emphasize instruction towards a remote model so everyone can participate. It has taken a massive shift in allocating time to digitize resources that weren’t really meant to be digital in the first place. Tasks, assignments and student reflections are now taking a digital form.

This year I’m using Google Forms for digital unit assessment reflections. Students split their screen to view their Canvas assessment and form.

The first question asks students what they’re proud of. I want students to review some of the positive elements and connect effort to achievement.

Students then review their results and specific teacher comments. I review what the words novice, apprentice, practitioner and expert mean in the context of showing an understanding of math concepts. I also expand the questions on the test through a screen share and show students problems that are related to a certain skills subset. Students spend most of their time on this part of reflection.

Students end the reflection by completing an effort question related to being prepared.

It took students about 10-15 minutes to complete this brief reflection. I shared the general results with the class and we had a great conversation about math growth overtime. What’s interesting is how the AM and PM classes differ even with the same content and instruction. Below is a fourth grade example.

I’m looking forward to adding a goal section to the next reflection. Feel free to click here to make a copy of the form.