Well, I was recently blown away at the Math in Action conference by a website that was created in the 1990s for math educators! The website is being updated constantly, so though it seems old fashioned thatquiz.org is an effective resource for teachers to use formative or diagnostical assessment of a student’s instrumental understanding!
The web site allows teachers to create their own quizzes or borrow quizzes that other teachers have previously made! I have seen the web site used to be a quick check of student understanding by using five random questions from a set of 18-20 problems. These quizzes can be on geometry, algebra, calculus, fractions, basic operations, and the list goes on and on! The best part about thatquiz is that it is one hundred percent free!
More recently, thatquiz has even expanded out to include a vocabulary, geography, and science quizzes! Thatquiz is an extraordinary responsive tool that really does help students practice and improve in mathematics.
I certainly will consider using that quiz in my classroom in the future to aid my students in their understanding of mathematics. That quiz allows teachers to let students practice basic mathematical operations at home in order for the teacher to spend more time developing relational understanding in the classroom!
Resources like that quiz get me excited because they have the potential to help students develop their instrumental toolbox through continued practice while as a teacher I can focus on establishing relationships between the concepts I am teaching about and the real world! That quiz provides students a safe place to develop their mathematical skill set, while not taking up precious class time. Teachers can see student progress by seeing the amount of tries and effort a student puts into the quizzes. That quiz presses into the key mathematical operations like addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, exponents, and many more challenging students to display their operational understanding. While students check these areas at home via that quiz, as a teacher you can clarify difficult concepts in class and expand on the instrumental understanding students have developed relating mathematics to the real world. That quiz is an exciting web site because it saves a teacher so much class time and aids students in the methods that even a robot could teach.
That quiz can be great for helping students that are behind to catch up through formative assessments on mathematics facts. If students are struggling with their thatquiz problems they can e-mail their teacher for help or come in after school to get help. Students can try these quizzes as many times as they want until they get a score that they want. This style of quizzing challenges a student to reach for their very best and not settle for a score that displays they don’t understand the material at all. Also, the site can be used as a small grade to assess whether your students are keeping up with your teaching in basic problem solving!
A link to Thatquiz can be found Here!!