Educator conducts a student interview to gather information about student understanding and misunderstanding related to fractions when using number lines as the primary representational tool.
A student interview is a modified form of clinical interview. In a student interview, the educator engages in a discussion with one student or a small group of students around a specific concept. The educator offers prompts, asks questions, and listens carefully to student responses in order to better understand the students’ reasoning.
Create or adapt a task or series of tasks that you expect will elicit student thinking around the identified concept. The tasks should be presented in a way that allows students to begin exploration without additional support, but also be rich enough to push a student’s thinking deeper. The prompt should be open enough to allow multiple strategies and entry points. You will also need to have a variety of manipulatives, office supplies (such as scissors, tape), and writing utensils available for students to opt to use. Interview the student(s), encouraging them to think aloud as they work through the prompt. Take notes as the student(s) works through the interview. After the interview, reflect on both the process and what you have learned about student understanding of the concept.
A brief summary of what a clinical interview is, why you might want to conduct one and how you go about the interview process.
Sample Interviews with Students
The task includes a student prompt and a recommended teacher practice guide that includes some suggested probing questions to elicit student thinking.
Task: This task prompts students to locate a fraction on a number line that is pre-labeled with fractions that do not share a common denominator with the number they are asked to locate.
“Ms. Anita asked her students to locate the fraction 5/6 on a number line shown below:”
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Following are the items you must submit to earn this micro-credential and the criteria by which they will be evaluated. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a “Yes” for parts 1, 2, and 3. Through any of a variety of methods (written, scanned, audio, video, and/or multimedia) you must demonstrate an understanding of student interviews and how they are used, effective implementation of a student interview, and reflect on how the interview will influence your instruction using fair sharing.
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Please provide the prompt(s) using number lines as the primary representational tool and probing questions used in your student interview and explain how they will provide insight into student understanding.
(Your artifact submission will be assessed based on the following rubric. You must earn a “Yes” score on this portion of the total submission in order to earn the micro-credential.)
Based on the student conceptions and strategies that emerged during the student interviews, what information will inform your lesson, and how will this shape your approach to instructional planning?
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