n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Designing spot tests to facilitate Maths teaching

Volume 2007, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Mathematics educators should have some way of determining whether previous knowledge, skills and abilities that they assume are in place, really are. This could be done by oral questioning or designing a spot test which learners should attempt. Spot tests could also be used to determine whether learners are able to outline the key steps in the proof of a theorem, based on the context of a given diagram. For such activities in spot tests, a time limit should be set. Also, such a test should be followed by a class discussion.

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