# CCSS Interview Project

Interview a kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade student using CCSS problem types.

Create interview questions using contexts that children would find interesting. Other requirements include:

• At least two warm-up questions: interests, math feelings, math ability (counting, operations in school, etc.), math importance, etc.
• 16 CCSS problem types and unknowns ...
• add to: start, change, result
• take from: start, change, result
• compare: difference, bigger, smaller
• equal groups: multiplication, partitive, quotative
• choose one: array (factor, product); comparison (multiplier, bigger, smaller)
• Create three number combinations for each interview question. For example,
Billy has {2, 7, 14} toys. He gets {4, 5, 8} more for his birthday. How many toys does Billy have now? {6, 12, 22}
• Scramble problem order: some easier, some harder, some easier, etc.
• Begin and end interview with a relatively easy problem

Bring two typed copies of your observation sheets to the next class without labels for problem types/unknowns.

## Part II: Conduct interview

Interview a "little person" who is currently enrolled in grades K-2 using problems developed in Part I. During the 30 minute interview, take detailed notes and/or record the interview for later reporting. The goal of the interview is to see how children solve problems, not to help them to solve problems.

Other considerations:

• Manipulatives: counters (no food), paper, writing utensils, number line, etc.
• Environment: formal setting, comfortable with few distractions, unexpected reward?, break at half?
• Preparation: read questions aloud before interview to fix wordings
• How will the interview be "recorded"? (e.g., notes, audio recorder, video with consent, screen capture app)
• Try as many different problem types and number sets as possible!
• As time permits, it might be good to revist some problem types with different numbers.
• Add extra non-math warm-up questions?
• Consider copies of problems, using blanks for numbers to fill in during interview
• Focus on solution strategies, not correct/incorrect. Student is helping you, not being tested.
• Please ask student to explain more how they did something, or to clarify/repeat a problem.
• Please clarify what problem is asking, but do not make problem easier.
• Interview tips (under "Giving an assessment")
• Have fun!

Correctness does not matter during the interview so only help children after the interview time is over.

## Part III: Report results

Once the interview is complete, type your summary using the interview score sheet as a guide.

## SUBMISSION

Please include the scoring guide directly after the cover sheet.