How to Assess While You Teach Math: Formative Assessment Practices and Lessons, Grades K–2


How to Assess While You Teach Math is the ideal resource for further understanding the process of formative assessment in addition to improving your teaching of mathematics. All lessons are correlated to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and Standards for Mathematical Practice.

In this multimedia resource, award-winning teacher Dana Islas takes educators into her Pueblo Gardens' classroom for a seeing is believing look at seven successful formative assessment practices, demonstrating them in action through 14 video clips and 19 engaging lessons. You’ll find

  • individual assessments and student-led conferences filmed in actual classrooms;
  • questions to help guide teachers’ observations of students as they engage in each lesson;
  • suggestions for supporting students who struggle;
  • teacher and student checklists for guiding formative assessment in each lesson;
  • a rubric to help teachers scaffold the order of student work shared in a whole-group discussion;
  • ready-to-use reproducibles; and more.

icon pdf Correlations to CCSS

Dana Islas
224 pages

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Author Bio
Dana Islas has served as an early childhood teacher at a Title I school for the past fifteen years. In addition to teaching kindergarten, she is a Math Solutions consultant. Islas was a department editor for Teaching Children Mathematics, a journal published by NCTM. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and is the 2009 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.

"We all know that high-quality early education improves the chances for low-income children. And, often, that high-quality early education springs form a priceless resource: a human being. And one such individual is a kindergarten teacher named Dana Islas."
"Award-Winning Teacher Speaks to Best in Education"
Arizona Daily Star, January 9, 2010
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