Unbeknownst to my students, today was day 1 of their summative. Our school board (district) requires us to have two final evaluations. For this class, that means a summative task and an exam. They are both board-wide evaluations so I can't really share them, but will try to give an idea of what we do. I didn't warm my class that this would be happening today as there was nothing they could do to prepare for today's work and I didn't want to raise anyone's anxiety level.
I organized my students into not-so-random groups of 3 and told them that their job today was to come up with scenarios and then good questions based on their scenario. They were not answering any of these questions. I gave an example of a scenario: Laura is flying a plane from Ottawa to Boston. We then came up some questions that would work for this scenario. We talked a little about trying to make connections between various curriculum expectations and that they should be working on creating rich questions.
They worked really well and had great conversations. I loved that they asked to use the whiteboards even though they knew that they would have to produce their final work on chart paper. Once they had worked through this process, they did a bit of a gallery walk to see what other groups had thought of. They were also encouraged to add feedback and their own questions to others' work.
I think that's all I can say about this. They were awesome - I love how easily they talk to each other about math.