Always Sometimes Never ... which is it for you?


Always, Sometimes, Never are statements that allow students to justify thinking using prediction, inference, and testing hypotheses.  Several summers ago I began curating ASN statements.  Today I updated the Almost Sometimes Never blog site to make it more user friendly.

Originally, I set up the site to be used one slide at a time.  There are 179 statements in 13 categories: Absolute Value, Conic Sections, Exponential Functions, Financial Literacy, Functions, Geometry, Linear Equations, Number Properties, Polynomials, Real Number System, Systems of Equations, Trigonometry, and Trig Identities. 

But I realized that you may want several slides and it's a pain to copy them one by one.  So today, I created a page with LINKS to SLIDE SHOWS ... one for each topic.  You can make a copy of my slide shows ... embed them in your assignments.  I hope this will make the site more useful to everyone.

I've been thinking about expanding the site.  @PamJWilson tweeted about using ASN statements and wrote about using NON-Math ASN statements today in her blog post ... and is creating a shared document.  What a great idea to continue collecting, sharing, posting ASN statements ... mathy ones, non-mathy ones!

When using ASN statements ... 
  • encourage students to talk math with one another, agreeing, questioning each other, helping others to think through their reasoning
  • suggest that students consider working through examples, use modeling, tables, graphs, equations to justify their work
  • ask probing questions to help students clarify their thinking or to develop their vocabulary
  • possibly review expected vocabulary before beginning the activity
  • obviously the key is for all students to explain their thinking!
What is a favorite Always, Sometimes, Never statement or instructional routine that you might share with us?