A biography and photo of the current "Visiting Math Mentors" will appear on the Elementary Problem of the Week Web page each week.
Who can be a Visiting Math Mentor?
What will my students gain from working on this project?:
The Elementary Problem of the Week is geared to 3rd through 6th graders, so I had been looking for mentors from grades 7-12, college students, student teachers, etc. Then I received a great suggestion from Gail Lauinger, an elementary teacher (4th/5th) at Mendocino Grammar School, Mendocino, CA (I am always getting great ideas from my elementary colleagues).
Gail teaches her students assessment criteria. They do problems and create assessment criteria for grading the problems. This opens up an entirely new group of "Visiting Math Mentors," classes of elementary students who regularly use the Problem of the Week. After a class assesses other students, I know that their future explanations will improve tremendously. I am also sure that this activity would benefit all levels of students as an aid toward self-assessment and I plan to involve my high school students as well.
Responsibilities of "Visiting Math Mentors":
During the week that you or your students are the designated Visiting Math Mentors, I will forward to you all the student responses from that week. You'll reply to the students, and by the end of the week after the problem is due you will e-mail me a list of the students who haved solved the problem correctly, and a few interesting solutions to put into the Highlighted Solutions section. (If you look again at the Elementary Problem of the Week Web page, you'll have a better idea of what I'm talking about.) I will then send them to Eric Sasson at the Math Forum, who maintains the page.
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