We started our first of 4 benchmarks today. We are using Achivement Network to create them and analyze the data. I still have mixed feelings about the whole process. First of all I like the fact that I am not creating or grading them, and after briefly flipping through the copy I see that I did "teach" everything that is on it. However, since there were only 5 real teaching weeks and some pretty juicy stuff (ratios, rates, percents etc) for 6th grade I don't feel that they are ready. Oh well! We'll see what happens tomorrow!
Since we test all morning and I don't see all my classes, I figured this was a great time to break out the 24 Game and start teaching it to them. Boy oh boy did they love it!! One thing I'm really glad about is I am starting them out from the beginning with doing the calculations in their head and also stating the last fact first. In the past I let them use paper but when it came down to the official challenge rules they really struggled.
Oh and I am super excited to be starting our first math club on Thursday! I signed up with MathCounts and have my club in a box all ready to go!