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# I am designing a questionnaire for algebra 2 students. I would like to conduct interviews so that I may determine the initial conceptual understanding that my students possess before instruction. I would like for the questions to be broad in order to leave the door wide open for responses. Some examples that I have started with: #1. What is algebra? #2. What are variables used for? #3. What is a function? I would appreciate any suggestions. I would like to have 8 to 10 questions!

Jul 13, 2015 7:23pm

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Hi Susan,

I love your idea of interviews with open questions! I am wondering if students could do an Always, Sometimes, Never sorting activity and then you could interview them about a few of the statements.

Here is a document with potential A,S,N statements that our math group (#mtbos) on Twitter have been adding to: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Uqbt0F4N8e1NKWWv5X5-_NYNfEGCL_EjxX3EdBEEWAk/edit?pli=1

I like your question 3. Here's my 2 cents:

1) Given any math sentence, what possible value(s) would make the equation true?

2) Something with trig - how do you know that a triangle can exist given any 3 lengths, combination of length and angles, etc...

3) Some number theory problems dealing with combinatorics?