Mathematics Competency-Based Performance Asssessments

Math Problem Solving for the Common Core

In-Service Training Learning Targets

  • Be able to explain and list math performance scoring process areas
  • Illustrate how math students will be evaluated next year
  • Understand and explain how this will change the way teachers instruct students in their subject areas

In-Service Mathematics Competency-Based Performance Assessments Agenda

  1. Introduction/Goals
  2. Example 1
    1. Making sense of the task
    2. Representing and solving the task
    3. Communicating reasoning
  3. Example 2
    1. Accuracy
    2. Reflecting and evaluating
  4. Example 3
    1. Change/adjust instruction
  5. Wrap-up


SCS Science and Technology Resources


Feasting on knowledge is *fun*!

Please feel free to learn more about the ideas I have talked about in class through these resources. Happy surfing! ~Mrs. Jones

21st Century Learning

Being in Middle School

Digestive System


Grade Inflation

Higher Levels of Thinking


Immune System

Independent Variables

Lab Reports

Muscular System

Observations versus Conclusions

Organ Systems


Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

Staying on Task

Valid Research Sites

Micro and Macro Exponential Growth

As a linear growth native,
I am learning to keep up-to-date in our exponential times.

An exponential graph can show a strong relationship of change between two numbers over time. On the macro level, I came across a great infographic  (The Internet – A Decade Later) posted by Best Education Sites on the changes we’ve seen in just the last 10 years.  BestEd is a search engine to help users find colleges and universities that provide a rich and easy learning experience on their educational sites. My biggest takeaway from this graphic is how much faster we have e-become.  Sometimes it seems as if “exponential” is an adjective that is too slow to graph our change.

At a micro level, I discovered an engaging and easy-to-digest website by Mr. Bowdoin.  He combines math and technology in a way that keeps students engaged and learning in our 21st century.  His website is so important because students are using it daily to advance their learning. He also turned me onto Doceri, a screencasting app for the iPad. I look forward to experimenting!

As a linear growth native, I am learning ways to live as an exponential immigrant. I am constantly reminding myself to be okay with the fact that I will be forever catching up.   What I know for sure is that if my students stay engaged, they are more likely to keep learning!


Mrs. Jones

Zygote Body and the Science of Our Bodies

I came across a great post by Alison Fromme detailing a muscle groups learning plan. I love this lesson because the plan:

  1. Ties standards for English Language Arts to science.
  2. Uses a real-life situation (Sgt. Ron Strang’s leg injury) to explain muscle groups.
  3. Combines technology, small-group learning, and kinesthetic learning to teach science.
  4. Combines reading as a tool for learning science.

Another site I love for learning is Use this website as a tool for students to interactively explore all aspects of our bodies.  Students can see various body systems: veins, muscles, bones, lymph, and others.  The 3-D aspect of this website is unparalleled (and cool)!  I highly recommend both these resources as tools for teaching students about their bodies.

Taken at Body World’s Exhibit in Portland, OR 12.15.11


Mrs. Jones


Mashable’s 10 Must Have Apps for High School

Flying into Portland, Oregon

Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year:

I really found this website useful. There are some great science and math connections here!

10 Must Have Apps for High School

Mrs. Jones Class Rules

•          Solve problems.

•          Everyone learns.

•          Be in the present moment.

•          When you know better, do better.

Have a great year!

Mrs. Jones