We were asked if we could post the podcasts referred to in the previous assessment posting, so here is a slightly abbreviated version of the Soccer Teams podcast.

We began that posting noting the importance of designing materials that enable observation while accomplishing learning objectives. The Soccer Teams graphic page is a model of that.

1. It can be used to support students who are not succeeding with the regular text book.

2. It can be used up front to quickly orient students to a concept or procedure, increasing the likelihood that they will succeed with the regular curriculum.

3. It can also be used to efficiently cover prior skill gaps so that students are capable of handling the current lesson.

Students not doing well with multiplication or division may not understand what multiplication and division really mean. Then they try to memorize the things they don’t understand. Students can memorize, “quoth the raven…” Say it enough times and they can fill in the blank sounding like they really know something. But they may very well not know what “quoth” or “nevermore” mean or recognize a raven if they saw one.

With the Soccer Teams graphic, they are able to experience how a single group can be one and many (1 group of 11), and the feeling for magnitude between 1 x 11, 2 x 11, 7 x 11 or 12 x 11. These are some of the conceptual building blocks of multiplication. Times tables are not. By working with the graphic pages, students begin building a memory of these experiences the same way we remember our way around a new city. We don’t sit at home and memorize the streets with flash cards. We may orient ourselves with a map, but then we go out and drive around. That’s how we learn the city.

With the graphic pages students drive around so we can observe and assess how they’re doing right from the beginning and each step of the way.

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