An Effective Strategy For Increasing Student Learning

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The purpose of this research project was to determine whether or not using individual whiteboards in mathematics is an effective strategy for increasing student learning. A common theme in the subject of mathematics is the requirement of students using a pen and pencil to fill out a worksheet that encompasses a list of problems for them to solve. However, this practice becomes monotonous and boring for the students which ultimately negatively impacting their engagement. Therefore, a formative assessment tool like the individual whiteboard can be implemented to spark engagement. Whiteboards are easily accessible and a change of pace in the everyday classroom. They are an operative tool for teachers to implement in their classroom. It was…show more content…
Nonetheless, individual whiteboards are still an effective formative assessment tool. Brookhart summarized formative assessment by mentioning two key elements. She expressed that it informs teaching practice and guides instructional decisions based on the information that formative assessment provides. Brookhart also mentioned that students can receive scaffolding as a result of formative assessment which ultimately improves their learning and academic achievement (2007, p. 43). It is important to note that formative assessment is not a one-time test. Rather, it is a sequence of checking for understanding that directs instruction to assist student’s needs. The core purpose of formative assessment is to improve student learning, thus Clark (2010) suggests that “it is the conception of teaching as an art and the adaptation of teaching methods to meet needs in practical settings that is of fundamental importance when considering how to further student learning” (p. 342). Hence, to further student learning, formative assessment must be used and be used accurately. Clark (2010) lists several methods in her book, but one important element is feedback and how that aids in the meta-cognition process for students. She explained that learners have to be supported in their meta-cognition skills as they need to be challenged to think about their thinking (p. 342-344). One way to provide immediate feedback to the
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