Directions: This questionnaire is designed to help us gain a better understanding of the way you think about teaching mathematics. Please indicate your opinion about each of the statements below. Your answers are confidential.

* 1. Your Name:

* 2. Your Name:

* 3. What grade level do you teach?

* 4. What is the highest degree that you hold?

* 5. What is the average size for a graduating class in your district?

* 6. What is the average number of minutes per day for math instruction for your students?

* 7. On average, how many days per year are you involved in professional development related to math?

* 8. Have you had any professional development specifically related to formative assessment?

* 9. Teachers should encourage children to find their own solutions to math problems
even if they are inefficient.

* 10. Time should be spent solving simple word problems before children spend much
time practicing computational procedures.

* 11. Teachers should teach exact procedures for solving word problems.

* 12. The use of key words is an effective way for children to solve word problems.

* 13. Mathematics should be presented to children in such a way that they can discover
relationships for themselves.

* 14. Even children who have not learned basic facts can have effective methods for
solving problems.

* 15. An effective teacher demonstrates the right way to do a word problem.

* 16. Most children have to be shown how to solve simple word problems.

* 17. Children’s written answers to paper-and-pencil mathematical problems indicate
their level of understanding.

* 18. The best way to teach problem solving is to show children how to solve one kind
of problem at a time.

* 19. Teachers should allow children who are having difficulty solving a word
problem to continue to try to find a solution.

* 20. Children will not understand an operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication,
or division) until they have mastered some of the relevant number facts.

* 21. Children should understand computational procedures before they master them.

* 22. Children learn math best by attending to the teacher’s explanations.

* 23. Time should be spent practicing computational procedures before children are
expected to understand the procedures.

* 24. The goals of instruction in mathematics are best achieved when students find
their own methods for solving problems.

* 25. Allowing children to discuss their thinking helps them to make sense of
mathematics.

* 26. Recall of number facts should precede the development of an understanding of
the related operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division).

* 27. Teachers should tell children who are having difficulty solving a word problem
how to solve the problem.

* 28. Most children can figure out a way to solve many mathematics problems without
adult help.

* 29. Teachers should allow children to figure out their own ways to solve simple
word problems.

* 30. Children should not solve simple word problems until they have mastered some
number facts.

* 31. Children’s explanations of their solutions to problems are good indicators of their
mathematics learning.

* 32. Time should be spent practicing computational procedures before children spend
much time solving problems.

* 33. It is important for a child to know how to follow directions to be a good problem
solver.

* 34. To be successful in mathematics, a child must be a good listener.

* 35. Children need explicit instruction on how to solve word problems.

* 36. Children should master computational procedures before they are expected to
understand how those procedures work.

* 37. Children learn mathematics best from teachers’ demonstrations and explanations.

Thank you for taking time to complete this survey!

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