Category: Assessment

Help Students Pay Attention to Test Details

Students lose SO many exam points because they just don’t read the directions and pay attention to details.  On the first exam, they usually discover this … but they don’t REMEMBER it for the other exams. This is a very simple exercise that takes about 1 minute at the beginning of the test. Just have the students repeat after you: I promise … to read all the directions … for all the problems on the exam … And if I finish early, … I promise … to RE-read all the directions … to make sure I haven’t missed some detail … or forgotten to come back to some question I skipped. I understand that … it is not important to finish quickly … it IS important to demonstrate what I know … and once the points have been lost … the points cannot be regained. Believe it or not, this results in a remarkable number of students that stay until the bitter end, making sure that they have been careful and answered every question completely. Possibly Related Posts: Elaborations for Creative Thinking in STEM Learning Math is Not a Spectator Sport Recorded Webinar: Teaching Math in 2020 AMATYC Keynote Notes: Challenge and Curiosity AMATYC Keynote Notes: Interaction and...

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How can we measure Teaching and Learning in Math?

Last week I prepared a new presentation for the MichMATYC conference based partially on the literature review for my dissertation.  In my dissertation I am studying instructors, but in this talk I addressed both the instructor and the student side.  It was also the first presentation I’ve built using Prezi, and it was interesting to re-think presentation design using a new tool.  Of course, the presentation misses something without the accompanying verbal descriptions, but there is enough information on here that you can begin to understand the problem (we don’t actually know much) and the solution (common language, common measurement tools). There are also a few new cartoons/illustrations in this presentation.  I’ve started just paying for a couple of illustrations per presentation to help viewers to understand (and mostly to remember) difficult concepts.  Just to give you a rough idea in the time involved to create something like this, I spent about 18 hours on the Prezi build (which doesn’t even begin to account for the time spent doing the research). How can we Measure Teaching and Learning in Math?  Possibly Related Posts: Elaborations for Creative Thinking in STEM Clickety Click Click: Awful Measures for Learning Learning Math is Not a Spectator Sport Recorded Webinar: Teaching Math in 2020 AMATYC Keynote Notes: Challenge and...

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