I love numbers and I have been tracking data since before it was a thing. My kids always keep data notebooks. Today, I have them a pretest on two CCSS math goals. I talked for a good 10-15 minutes about our data notebooks, how they are useful, how we will use them, why we are doing them, etc... I told them that they were going to take a pre and post test for all the CCSS goals. For chapter 1, we have to take 5 pretests (10 questions each) and today we were going to take 2 of them. I said that I didn't expect them to know most of this. I told them if they got a 30-40, I consider that pretty good! (I have to start with algebra, so my expectations are low for the pretest.) We talked about how there are only 4 basic operations. I wanted them to look at the problems and solve it somehow- even if they knew it wasn't right. I told them to take their best guess. This is not different from anything I've done in other years. The only difference is the grade level. I've previously used this in 5th and 2nd. O.M.G. The whining and complaining! I had a few outright refuse to even attempt it! I'm about to check them now, so I don't even know how bad some of the answers are. Based on their behavior, I'm assuming this is something that really hasn't been done with them before. Any advice on how to get them to do this without the whining? They still have to take 3 more for this chapter! I think it will get easier, especially after we take a post test in a few weeks, but in the meantime, I need that data. Help!