At a meeting of teachers who are currently teaching the MBF3C course in the board, one teacher shared a project she had used for the final/summative/culminating project and it really grabbed my attention: the students create flash cards for certain units as a review. Instead of typical question/answer flashcards, the student had to come up with a question/graph/equations and then state two truths and a lie about it.
Here is an example (was included in the original instructions):
Here are the full instructions along with a rubric (slightly modified from the original instructions I was given). In a nutshell, I had my students make one for each unit we covered.
Some examples from each unit (front & back):
The reasons I really liked this project was:
- It made the students review each unit long before our dedicated exam review periods
- There are multiple entry-points (students were not given instructions on how simple/hard questions had to be)
- It was not a “make work” or “booklet” project that can be typical for math final projects, and students found value in it.
- It was not difficult work, but it resulted in a lot of higher order thinking.
- We could use them as another tool for exam review.
- The students were engaged!
Things to do differently next time:
- Have students create cards at the end of each unit.
- Rewrite the rubric to clarify success criteria