MDTP Written Response Items

Why Use MDTP Tasks?

  • Help improve students’ ability to think and communicate effectively about mathematics. 
  • Learn about student thinking.  Use that info to adjust teaching strategies and move learning forward.

Power of WRI (Written Response Items)

  • Analyze student papers – learn more about student thinking
  • Inform and guide class discussions
  • Use analysis to determine next steps
  • Setting expectations especially re MP’s
    • MP 1 (make sense and persevere)
    • MP 3 (viable arguments, critique reasoning of others)
    • MP 6 (attend to precision)

 

For example, written response item:  ARCOGR

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  • Coordinate graphing
  • Distance on coordinate plane
  • You might choose this task as a relatively easy intro to writing about math
  • Not too advanced, gives students opportunity to work on communication and stretch knowledge and vocab of coord geo.

 

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