The test consists of 100 random basic mathematics facts that include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The goal is to complete as many as possible, correctly, in six and a half minutes.
Some students were nervous about the idea of doing a timed test. Once they had done a few of them they could see instant results and the improvement from week to week right in front of them, and they were very happy with their progress.
Each week on a Wednesday, we sit down after morning tea to do our test. Ready with a pencil and a pen to mark and the timer on. We all sit and mark it together once the timer is up. Students then take their results and mark them on an individual graph they keep in their maths books. If they improve on their own score each week, students get Tokarewa stickers to add into their books.
Each student knows what their score to beat is. The goal is for the students to improve their own scores each week and get quicker at doing so.
I also take part in the test with the students, and occasionally I get one or two wrong. This helps students to see that sometimes we make mistakes and that’s okay.