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Do you allow your students use math manipulatives during assessments???

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My favorite subject in school was Math, yet I've taught for 33 years and in those years have only taught math for two years. I envy those of you who teach my favorite subject.

Angela

I do allow them to use manipulatives during a test – especially my kiddos with an IEP 🙂 I try to scaffold and pull back on the supports a little bit each day, but if they can rock the test by using them, I'm ok with that! 🙂

Ashley

Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

I let them use manipulatives during testing. But I always ask the "how" and "why" questions when they're using them, so they have to tell me their thinking not just their answer.

Jemima

Luck's Little Learners

Love this Christina!

Kathy and Susan

The Fun FactoryYes! Recently, I saw a teacher letting her students have a "math toolbox" where they could pick whatever manipulative they wanted to when solving a problem. It was great to watch the different students pick different tools based on their understanding and learning styles.

-Sarah

A Rocky Top Teacher

Yay I linked up for the first time 🙂 Thanks Christina…this is fun!

Yes I do let them use manipulatives if they would like…I think giving them the option, especially those with lack of confidence appreciate the opportunity. I love to create success!!

Elyse 🙂

Proud to be Primary

This is my first time joining the linky and I'm super excited!! Thanks for putting it together. For me, it depends on the task. For some topics I let them and for some I don't. It also depends on ability levels too. I really believe : Fair isn't always equal; and equal isn't always fair.. I can't wait to hear the rest of your thoughts on this topic on tomorrow's post!

Melissa

Keep Calm and Love First Grade

Yes, I do. I always ask questions as they are using them (or have them written down). There is one assessment that they are not allowed anything on (besides standardized tests). My students need the extra support and I don't mind letting them use manipulatives as long as they can find a way to the correct answer.

Yes, I allow my students to use manipulatives. They are great tool when we take our tests on the computer. It's hard to count, add, subtract and everything else that comes with math on a computer.

I am a special education teacher so I allow my students to use manipulatives. However, I do always note the problems that they used manipulatives on so I can discuss that with parents. I've learned I have to be up front with that information or parents get the wrong idea about their child's understanding of math!

The Eager Teacher

Miss Eager//Create & Inspire

Students may ask for a manipulative. I will give them what they ask for, and note what they used on their paper. Maria

Yes, each of my students has a math toolbox that they can use at anytime. I think it helps young learner to take responsibility for their learning when they have the freedom to decide when they need a little extra support.

Lisa

PAWSitively Teaching.Yes, I do let them use them if they want to. I have tokens sitting out in small baskets that the students can take. My kids also like to use number lines and number grids. They are able to use whichever method words best for them… LOVE this linky by the way!! 🙂

Jessica

The Teacher Talk

Yes, I let my first graders use manipulatives during assessments. Fun linky! This is my first time joining, and I hope to be back many more times!

Manipulatives are great for kids of all ages! Thanks for letting me link up!

Pam

Rockin Resources Blog

Absolutely! Manipulatives are considered a tool just like a number line or a hundreds chart.

KaSandra

MemoriesMadeinFirst

I give it as an option. I think if we teach with it they need to be able to use their resources.

Stacey

Teaching Ever After

My students are know that our Math "tools" are there on our manipulative shelves to get and use if they need them. We also work to "read the room" to use posted charts, graphs, word banks, number grids, etc. to use if it helps them solve and be better "mathematical thinkers!"

~Jennifer

http://www.storiesandsongsinsecond.blogspot.com

Hey!

What a great linky!! Gonna go and write a post now (even though it's really late, and nearly Friday here in New Zealand!!

Nope we aren't allowed to use materials when giving an assessment in numeracy. There are three "stages" a child goes through (according to our NZ math numeracy project). First is materials (where they use the materials, such as blocks, pv equipment, money etc. Second is imaging (where they solve a problem using an image in their head. As a teacher you might shield the equipment. The idea is that the children are still thinking about the "stuff".) You might see this when you see the kid looking up and then bobbing their head as if they are counting the blocks. The third is when they use number properties to solve the problem. That is when they understand the problem, the maths behind it, and how to solve it without using equipment. If a child knows how to do that, then they understand how to do the maths. Therefore don't need the equipment.

Sorry – totally long winded comment!! I hope it makes sense?

Erin

Learning to be awesome

Aw, boo. I missed it. Yesterday got crazy. Teaches me to prewrite and schedule! I love Wordless Wednesday.