This Thursday afternoon, 1:40 - 1:55 in Room 608, session 1116-A5-1038, I will be presenting on the idea of having students write memos as an assessment. It was something I did this past fall with my Calculus I students.
The basic idea was to have my students form groups and then as a group write a memo under some rules to answer a more conceptual question. The rules were the students could use as many pictures as they wanted, but at most 200 words to answer the question. It was an interesting activity. I learned several things about my students. One of the biggest that I learned was that they really do not understand the density of the real numbers, and what what a continuous function really is. That has changed some things that I will do for the next time I teach Calculus I.
The presentation slides are below, as are the copies of the six different memo question sets that I
used during the semester. I plan on doing memo questions this semester in Calculus II. Hence I plan on doing a few posts this coming spring over how that is going with my two sections.
Memo Question set 1
Memo Question set 2
Memo Question set 3
Memo Question set 4
Memo Question set 5
Memo Question set 6
The slides are here: