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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?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Teacher made test..............

This semester through NTI I have learned that no method of test making is flawless. I have made test myself and I have taken test off of a CD and both ways have had mistakes. The one thing I have learned though is you need to give a test around three or four times before all of the kinks are worked out of it as far as wording and levels of knowledge. I will however re-write my true/false sections to reflect more levels of thinking. I also like the idea of using pictures in matching sections. I have always been scared of giving essay type questions but I may add one to each test. I have learned alot about test making. I learned about the different types and I think I will not be afraid to write my own, verses taking one off a CD.


Pamela said...

Becky, I agree with you. The tests I've created have been terrible based on the new information learned in NTI. I too, am afraid of the essay type questions due to the number of students with IEPs in my classroom. Like you, I will do more with the pictures so that all students may benefit.

Angie said...

I agree Becky. I have the reliable CD provided with the course management guide. The CD is not always perfect, as my student are quick to point out mistakes. I feel more comfortable about making my own tests after learning the valuable information this semester. I was also glad to learn how to make true/false reflect deeper levels of thinking. I have gained a great deal of knowledge about creating tests.

Tracy Misner said...


I also agree about being scared to use essay questions. I think I have been scared because it leaves room for students to fight for the correct answer.

I have been guilty also of not "formalizing" my tests leaving room for mis-interpretation.

NTI again has shown me more "tools" to work with in my quest of teaching my students.

I think the biggest challenge for me is to rework my tests so that I glean the information I need from my students to see if they have actually learned the material I am teaching.