Math in the Middle Institute Partnership


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A report on an action research project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for participation in the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership and the MAT degree. July 2006.


In this action research study of my 7th and 8th grade mathematics classes, I investigated self-assessment and goal setting. Students set goals at the beginning of the chapter. Students rated themselves at the end of each lesson in several different areas. Those ratings were used to help students know what areas to focus on when preparing for a test. I discovered that students were realistic with their goals. I discovered that the 7th grade Pre-Algebra classes were accurate with their self-ratings and that those ratings helped students with test preparation. I also discovered that students were positive about the experience – feeling like they achieved their goals and learned more. As a result of this research, I plan to make student reflecting a normal part of my daily teaching routine. I plan to share these findings with others.