MathEd in the News + CotW #5

SUGGESTED READ – MathEd in the News

The following article examines the evolution of mathematics education in American classrooms and curriculum as emphasis has shifted away from memorizing facts and towards understanding underlying concepts and processes:

“This is where successful math education starts; with adults who know what questions to ask and who have the skills to help children discover their own solutions.”


Read more: 
“This is why it’s so hard to help with your kid’s math homework” (Jessica Lahey, Washington Post)


COMMENT OF THE WEEK #5

Congratulations to Comment of the Week winner, Steve Park! For this session, 4 out of 5 positive feedback tags were applied by the student, who left the following comment:

“Thanks for helping me study for my test tomorrow. I feel a lot more confident :)”

Please read through the session and annotations to see why this session helped the student feel better about finding the vertex.

Comment of the Week #5      


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April QA Drawing + Detailed Session Feedback Form

APRIL COMPOSITE QA SCORE DRAWING WINNER

Congratulations to our winner of the $250 QA Score bonus drawing for the month of April, Carina Seah!

Every month we will be drawing a winner at random to win this bonus prize – you can be entered up to 4 times per month for every week your composite score is greater than or equal to 9.0.


DETAILED SESSION FEEDBACK FORM

In our first webinar, a number of you mentioned the need for more detailed session feedback.  Based on this suggestion, we have developed the new Detailed Session Feedback Form! This form is very similar to submitting a session dispute – however with this form rather than disputing a grade, you are submitting sessions in order to get more detailed feedback on how you can improve.

Maybe there is a specific tag that you continue to be baffled by, a rubric standard for which you often lose points, or maybe there is a particular student that you can never seem to connect well with. Whatever the issue, simply submit the form and we will get back to you. A few things to keep in mind:

  • The discussion will revolve around the session you submit.
  • We can only accept 1 session per tutor per week due to time constraints.
  • This initiative is on a two week trial and, as such, we can only guarantee a response to the first 50 submissions.

Happy Tutoring!

— Team Yup

CotW #3 + Best Method Infographic

COMMENT OF THE WEEK

Congratulations to Comment of the Week winner, Maya Merchant! This session was tagged “Clear Explanation” and received the following comment:

“Thank you so much for your help, I finally understand how to do problems like the one you helped me with.”

Please read through the session and annotations to see why this session helped the student learn something she had been struggling with:

Comment of the Week #3   ›  

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INFOGRAPHIC: BEST SOLUTION METHOD

Follow the flow chart below to help guide your sessions towards the most appropriate solution method for the student and their problem:

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— Team Yup

Tutor Fault Tag Examples

As many of you know, we had a great suggestion during our inaugural webinar last month proposing that we provide examples for Tutor Fault tags. It is our hope that these examples will not only provide more clarity for the tags, but increase your understanding of how to avoid them and decrease any feelings of subjectivity in our grading system:

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Please use the Check for Understanding survey below to express any confusion or comments you may have.

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— Team Yup

QA 3.0 Tag Changes + Building Warmth Examples

Upcoming Tag Changes

Earlier this month, we announced a number of improvements to our Quality Assurance System that have changed how your performance is assessed and how you are rewarded for high-quality performance. Another aspect of QA 3.0 that has not yet gone into effect will change how certain tags are applied.

Starting next Monday, April 30th, TQMs will be grading sessions according to the following updated tag definitions for Gave Answer and Wrong Answer. We will also be introducing a new tag – Wrong Format:

1. GAVE ANSWER:

  • ? Old Definition:
    Tutor directly gives the answer to the student OR fails to involve the student in fundamental steps.
  • ✨ New Definition (starting 4/30)
    Tutor carries out a full step OR confirms a final answer without any participation from student.


2. WRONG ANSWER:

  • ? Old Definition:
    Student leaves the session with an incorrect solution to their problem.
  • ✨ New Definition (starting 4/30)
    Student leaves the session with an incorrect solution to their problem due to a major incorrect step, calculation, concept, or method.


3. WRONG FORMAT (New):

  • ✨ Definition (starting 4/30)
    Final answer contained minor issues with notation, units, rounding, or format.
  • ✨ Wrong Format Transition:
    • Starting Monday, April 30th TQMs will tag these sessions as “Other (tutor)” and share their rationale in the comments.
    • In mid-May, “Wrong Format” tag will become available.

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Building Warmth Annotatations

Based on the Tips for Building Warmth post survey results, an overwhelming majority of you expressed interest in seeing concrete examples of Helen’s tips for building warmth. Helen has created the following annotations from her own real Yup sessions to exemplify these tips:

Tips for Building Warmth – Annotated Snippets

 

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— Team Yup