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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

My evaluations...

I never really thought about this until I administered a standard test that came from the textbook resource guide that my students use. I administered what I thought was a relevant test. Upon grading the tests, I realized that I presented the information to the students in a totally different way than the Resource guide.

For the most part I make my own evaluations, whether it be rubrics or tests. I never realized that the way tests were set up or the way questions were asked could affect the students so drastically. I felt good going into the day of the test that the students were ready and understood the material. SO, when the majority of them failed I just couldn't understand why. I decided to re administer the test, but create one of my own and cover the exact same material that the pre-made test did. We did this two days after the first test was administered. I didn't recover material in class or even review for the test. I just told the students they would have a retest in two days to give those that failed a second chance. Guess what--they all took it and I just had a couple that did not pass.

So yes, my evaluations reflect my personal values or personality. Also, I believe that my tests reflect what I consider to be important or key concepts that I value. I think that is why the students did so well on my test rather than the pre-made test. I unintentionally emphasized the concepts that I felt to be important and the students picked up on that from my lectures and interactions in class.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Jennifer - great lesson learned and so true for CTE teachers, as our students seem to do better on our home-made tests. Thanks for sharing.

Dr. M