Math in the Middle Institute Partnership


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In partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Math in the Middle Institute Partnership and the MAT degree. July 2006.


The focus of my action research is to study the impact of student self-assessment and reflection on my 6th grade math students’ abilities to solve deep-thinking math problems, herein referred to as habits-of-mind, or HOM, problems. I investigated the way informal self-assessments and self-reflections impact student learning and motivation. I discovered that students are seldom stimulated to think about their own learning. When they are encouraged to do so, student self-assessments give students ownership of their own learning and provide them with a means for evaluating their growth. Students’ assessments of their work also gives teachers a meaningful indication of what they have learned and provide information for improving instruction and for assigning grades. As a result of this research, I plan to focus on a systematic approach to study the impact the reflections and self-assessment devices have on the students’ metacognitive skills and their problem-solving abilities using HOM as the vehicle for evaluation.