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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, April 10, 2011

What I Have Learned in Making Tests

You've done it again! Just when I think I have learned enough about teaching, I realize how much I do NOT know about teaching. I think the biggest challenge for me is to actually go back through my tests to see where I have violated the rules of test making.

Next, I must address each question and thoughtfully construct it so that it makes sense to glean the information I want from my students to see if they actually have learned the material. But it does not stop there...I must carefully layout the structure of the questions so that visually they make sense.

It is overwhelming to think that I might have been actually harming the learning process in my testing. I do have comfort in knowing that some of my most important tests are "hands on" tests and the information is used daily.

I must admit that my tests violated some, if not, most of the general rules of test making. The information you have provided me are useful today, tomorrow and next year! Again, I have to thank you for providing me with an arsenal of information to produce high quality tests.

1 comment:

Mike Z said...

I am with you on this. As I said in my blog - I feel that all my tests were bad and all needed an infusion of rules. Good news is that we know how to acomplish this.