# Multiplication Propositions

I had never considered developing an assessment from using a proposition. In math, we usually have computation test items that use multiple choice answers. There is also at least one constructed response question. Developing a test questions for a math proposition proved to be difficult because in my opinion, math is a straight forward subject. After thinking, and rethinking my proposition, I came up with the following: If multiplication is repeated addition and can be illustrated by using an array, I can add 4 together 6 times and also draw 4 rows of six to find the answer to 4 x 6. The test items developed are below. 1. True true/false: 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 is the same as 2. False true/false: Repeated addition is the only way to find the answer to 4 x 6. 3. Short answer/Fill in the blank: Multiplication can be shown as _______________ ___________________ or by drawing a(n) __________________. 4. 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 + 4 = ?

a. 12

b. 24

c. 42

d. answer not given

5. Explain how multiplication is related to repeated and how it can be illustrated using arrays. Dr. Stiggins method for developing paper-and-pencil assessments can help the teacher to ensure that the learning targets are being met. Dr. Stiggins suggested that the teacher create at least 2 questions a week that address the learning goals. By using this suggestions, the teacher eases her work load and can developed questions that help to give a clear picture of the students’ understanding. By providing student a study guide and the learning expectations before teaching the unit, students will know what the expected learning goal consists of. Students will also know what they should focus on. Its like reading the test questions before reading a passage, you are familiar with what you are looking for, and the answers are more likely to “jump” out at you. References

Guskey, T. R. (2003). How classroom assessments...

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