I am so excited to continue my journey through MSU’s MAET program! Though it was nice to have some time off over the holidays, I am really excited about beginning CEP812 this week. Our first assignment taught us about problems we may encounter in the classroom – well-structured (a problem in which there is one solution), complex/ill-structured (more than one solution), and wicked (solutions may create more problems).
My students are expected to show fluency for their multiplication facts by the end of the school year – meaning they need to correctly answer between 90-100 out of 100 multiplication problems, in five minutes or less! Multiplication facts are considered to be a “well-structured” problem in the classroom because there is only one solution for them – if you multiply 2 by 3, you will always get 6. Even though this is the case, I really felt my students needed some extra practice with learning their facts – and they needed a self-assessment component. I definitely do not want them practicing their facts with incorrect answers!