Students will be able to...

**This could involve evaluating an expression by substituting in values for variables. It could also be following the steps of a process like completing the square. It requires that students discern which formula/technique is appropriate in a given situation and that they complete the process without error.**

__Use__a formula or technique we learned in class.**Wanting to undo a process is a key idea in mathematics and also generally. One way to find a number that gives a desired result is to try several numbers: the "guess & check" approach. Mathematics provides tools to help students be more systematic in their approach. Problems like this often involve setting up and solving an equation for an unknown variable.**

__Work Backwards__to solve a problem.**This is what makes what we learn in geometry relevant to other fields of mathematics and to the world at large. This is the part of the test that the students most enjoy and that is most fun to write. See**

__Apply__what we learned to an unfamiliar situation.*What Do You Notice?*

**Revisited 5/13/14**

Here are examples of

**Use**,

**Work Backwards**, and

**Apply**from a recent surface area quiz. Already I'm finding this approach helpful in my teaching. I make comments on my students' tests and quizzes, and this has allowed me to be more direct in letting students know what they did well on and what they need to improve on. Soon I will tell students explicitly about the three types of problems. I don't want there to be any surprises when I hand them a quiz.