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ASSESSMENT
Kids Teaching Their Parents!

Submitted by: I Love That Teaching Idea! Staff
From: SLC, Utah
Date Submitted: August 23, 2001

Every so often when I introduce a new math concept, the students' homework for that night includes "teaching" a parent how to do the math problems! I usually assign no more than 5 problems (very doable for busy parents), for the student to "teach" someone else in the home how to do. We practice in class by role-playing what they will do at home that evening. Then the bottom half of the math page is a space for a parent's signature as well as any comments. I have found this to be very helpful when parents will write me a note back letting me know that their student could not explain something very well. It lets me know what areas that student in particular may need continued help on. On occasion, I have had students whose parents were not able to help with this assignment for various reasons. If that is the case, I allow the student to spend a few minutes with me after or before school to "teach" me what they have learned.

     
 

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