Checking for Understanding in Elementary Math

Checking for Understanding in Elementary Math

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course will teach you how to set up your classroom for success to effectively check for and then correct any student misunderstandings in math concepts from kindergarten through sixth grade. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. You will learn how to foster a positive classroom environment, evaluate student understanding of math concepts, identify math misconceptions, and then design specific instructional strategies to address any student misunderstandings.

3 Months Access / 8 Course Hrs
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This teacher professional development course will teach you how to structure your math classroom to help you best check for student understanding of concepts and identify and address misconceptions. You will consider how you build a productive classroom culture, learn specific strategies to check for student understanding, and evaluate math misconceptions to construct a plan for support in your lessons.

The course's content is tailored to kindergarten through sixth-grade classrooms, making it suitable for aspiring or novice teachers looking to plan effective lessons, and experienced teachers seeking to refine their teaching practices for enhanced learning and classroom culture in math education. You will also design a plan of action that is ready for implementation by using several templates and tools provided within this course.

Enrollment Options:
3 Months Access Course Code: T14703
No Instructor, Start Anytime
$74.00 USD


  1. Establishing a Math Community
    1. Analyze components of classroom culture that help establish a strong classroom community, then reflect on an area of growth you would like to consider for yourself in a future classroom.
  2. Checking for Understanding
    1. Learn 12 check for understanding methods and when each are best used in the classroom, then reflect on several methods appropriate for your current or future class and grade level.
  3. Interventions
    1. Analyze three intervention methods to re-teach class content, then reflect on how you'd re-teach a concept specific to your grade level.
  4. Common Math Misconceptions
    1. Review the common misconceptions in elementary math and reflect on misconceptions your own students would experience at your grade level.
  5. Putting it All Together
    1. Using the sample provided, build a plan to check for student understanding for an upcoming math lesson.
  6. Applying What you Have Learned
    1. Get ideas on how to implement the concepts into your classroom, find a list of online resources that supports the lesson content, and read the research behind math instruction that addresses misconceptions and utilizes specific methods to check for understanding during instruction.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.