Roughly twice a week in my class I have some sort of “Exit Ticket” for my students to do. I normally give them one that has directed questions to solve over what we have covered or an open-ended response, and then we always do a **Post-It, Prove It!** A **Post-It, Prove It!** is where I will pose a skill to my students and they must prove that they know what I have taught by showing an example and working through it.

Last week after we discussed positive and negative integer rules, I posed the situation to my students to “**Write an equation equal to -6.**” I put a sheet of chart paper on the front board and then students were able to create their own equation. I had several students who I could definitely tell had the skill down because they were able to answer quickly and to the point. Some of my students even took it a step further and created a word problem as well.

Now of course I had a few who didn’t follow directions (*equations that don’t equal -6*) and some that were off a bit more. These are the students I know now that need extra help in working with integers.

This week I gave my students homework on working with Adding and Subtracting Positive and Negative Integers. Yes, a week after we studied the concept. They have a quiz this Friday that they can use their INBs on and answer accordingly. One section of the quiz even has them fill in the various rules and give an example. Talk about spiraling back! ðŸ™‚ Next week, they will get homework with all four operations to review even more.

I am really liking that extension of homework this year. We literally cram our lesson in during class and get minimal practice together due to the 45 minute class and I follow up throughout the week and reinforce each skill and build upon them and then the next week they receive some practice. By the time the practice comes around, most of my students are at the level of mastery and homework is easy for them! What a great way to feel successful in math! You have grasped the concept, built upon your foundations and now are proving it through practice.

*I tell you, I love my job more and more everyday. Now, if I could just get home before 7 pm one night so my hubby won’t think I have abandoned him.*

**Tomorrow, I plan to share with you some great review games I have made for equations. I have made two versions of the game and am excited to bring them into the classroom next week!**

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Emily Clare says

Hi Jennifer. Thanks for sharing. I’m featuring this strategy on my Friday Focus newsletter that I give to all the math teachers in my 4-7 building. I will share this newsletter on my blog soon! Keep up the great work.

Jennifer says

Oh my goodness! I feel honored! My students absolutely live this because they aren’t just answering a question but rather proving what they know!

Can’t wait to read the newsletter!

Donna Bowen says

i am a homescool mom. i would love to do this for algebra and geometry/ do you have anything on that grade level? would you contact me through facebook or email? my fb is: donna sears bowen and my email is suthrngrlz7@yahoo.com

id love to buy some of these bundles you are talking about on youtube! thankssss, donna bowen

Clara @ I Plead the 5th says

I am new to teaching math but I think I will have to implement this with my 5th graders. Thanks so much for sharing.

<3 Clara

Mary Ellen says

I use this post it, prove it in the same way, but they put them in their notebooks when we finish. On the right side for reflection, of course! Thanks for your blog and your great ideas!

Jennifer Smith-Sloane says

Sounds like a great idea!

Beth says

I just keep coming across more and more amazingness from you!!! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome ideas! ðŸ™‚

Jennifer Smith-Sloane says

Thanks! I hope to keep creating more!

melissa says

What a great idea!! I am going to incorporate this idea into my first grade. I think I will use it all areas, but I am intrigued with how to use it for literacy. Do you use it that way? If so can you give me some ideas.

Thanks

Jennifer Smith-Sloane says

Melissa,

I haven’t used it for literacy but any type of question that you can give your students that is open-ended would work PERFECTLY for this strategy. Students are basically proving what they have learned or their interpretation of something. Any type of analyzing or critical analysis can definitely be a good way to start. Since they are young ones you could even have them illustrate portions of a story and how they visualize it in their minds based on what they have read. Can’t wait to see what you create with your little ones.

Jennifer

Linda Puckett says

This will work great for improving fraction skills for my high school students.

Shiela says

I just want to ask how you can manage to finish all the lessons in Algebra 1 for example in preparation for the state test.

Jennifer Smith Jochen says

Shiela,

Itâ€™s definitely a struggle. When I start each year I get a calendar and mark off all the school holidays, early release days, etc as I know that I canâ€™t use them for instruction. I then go through and plan which 2-3 concepts I want to cover each week for the entire years this really has helped me get through everything even when there is a time crunch.

Ultimately in the end you have to decide what MUST be taught before the test and what can wait until after.

I hope this helps. Feel free to let me know if you have any other questions.

Jennifer