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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?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Learned about making tests

After we discussed the information in class - I went back over all the tests I wrote this year and the last. Totally amazed at how many rules I broke and how bad the tests were. Equally bad were all the existing tests left for me when I took over the program. What I am able to salvage is that the intent of the questions are good and make sense but the muliple choice and matching need to be done over. I am in the process of doing this and will have ready for the final exams due sometime next month. It is also interesting to look at tests given by other teachers outside my group. Lots of room for improvement. I will never look at a test again without remembering details we learned. Great information.


sandra said...

Mike I realized the same thing about the tests I was giving my students. Although I did not make most of the tests I gave my students I see that there is room for improvement. The multiple choice questions are poorly constucted and the true false questions are not stuctured correctly. I am trying not to beat myself up about it too much since I really did not have the prior knowledge of designing tests. But like you, I plan to review the tests I have given in the past and make improvements based on the lessons learned in class.

Chef BCY said...

Hey Mike I totally agree with you -looking back at past tests we can see where we went wrong and make the needed adjustments so that our students can perform at higher levels. As a result of the new information we gained on creating tests we can improve on all tests in our archives. Great post Mike -all the best in all your tests.