Day 166: Test Corrections

Wednesday, 4 May 2016 So I asked the above question on a test today. Plenty of kids got it wrong. In the majority of cases, what mistake did they make? Check out this kid’s work because it’s pretty typical: He wrongly assumed the first ball wasn’t moving in the start of the problem. He proceeded […]

Day 8: Quiz Corrections

Friday, 22 August 2014     All four sections of physics took their first content quiz on Moodle. Kids are getting their first taste of how I dole out partial credit, how Moodle quizzes work, and (oh yeah) working on some physics. Above is a quiz question straight outta Moodle and some exemplary student work + […]

Day 149: Rethinking Test Formats

Monday, 10 April 2017 For the last five years, I’ve assessed almost exclusively on computers. The test software I use[1], allows for instant feedback like this and this. Over time and with different groups of students, I’ve seen this system work better and worse. Recently, I’ve been frustrated with the process. Problems I was seeing included: Students showing next […]

Day 58: Conferences

Monday, 3 November 2014 Today was set aside for advisement conferences, no school for students. I met with the parents of the eight young women I advise. Exhausting but totally worth it to see the whole-picture view of these students. I also spent time picking the brain of my neighbor next door. My grading load […]

Day 59: Snell’s Law Quiz

Thursday, 7 November 2013 Gave a short refraction quiz today to all 4 of my classes. 34/58 students earned a perfect score on the quiz that included the index of refraction (n=c/v), Snell’s Law, and critical angles. The kids are mostly good now about the purpose of quiz corrections, which we do immediately after submitting […]

Day 8: Quiz Day

All 4 sections took a quiz today. It’s the first quiz of the year and that meant my freshmen were a little nervous. We take assessments on Moodle during class, which gives them instant feedback but also seems to be a source of stress the first time out. I also require the kids to correct […]