Today one of my students asked me “Can we do test corrections to improve our grade?”. After some deliberation, I caved. My objective is student learning and of course I am held accountable for their scores. They will have to earn those points. Below is the template I used. It worked well. It allowed student to use their notes and the book to help them figure out what they did wrong. They were not allow to ask their neighbors for any help.
Test Corrections Template:
Question#:____ Wrong Answer:____ Correct Answer:___
My original answer was wrong because ____________________________
The correct answer is correct because ____________________________
Show Work:(where applicable)
Here is an excellent set of five punnett square practice problems students could complete after getting the basics down. I had my students color code them in their interactive notebooks.
This week we finished up macromolecules with enzymes. I took to a beach ball to assess what the students knew about each of the macromolecules. Anytime you can get a part of the beach into your classroom you need to take advantage of it. To do this activity you will need a beach ball and a dry erase marker. Write the names of the macromolecules on each section of the beach ball. I also included vitamins and minerals and a wild. I toss the ball to the students and when they catch it they look to see where their right thumb lands and tell me one thing they know about the molecule their thumb landed on. I then have the students throw the ball back to me to prevent them from being tempted to bounce it off their classmates heads. Participation was 100% and it was able to assess their knowledge of the macromolecules. If a student did not know something I would give them hints or come back to them. If a students thumb lands on wild they get to pick the macromolecule. The kids did not want to stop this warm up.
The interactive notebook has been a great teaching tool for me for the last few years. The Interactive Science Notebook (INB) is a learning tool that involves an “input” (right side) of teacher’s notes and handouts. It also include an “output” section (left side) that allows students to creatively relate that information to their own experiences or organize the information in a variety of proven techniques or best practices. The versatility of the interactive notebook is only limited by the student or the teacher, therefore it has no limits. Throughout the year, I will post a variety of engaging examples that I use in my classroom. You will be amazed how the interactive notebook reaches all of the learning styles in your classroom and allows students to personalize their learning. I am currently in the process of gathering, organizing and explaining how I implement the activities I do throughout the year into a book. The left side of the notebook is for graphic organizers, charts, stories, raps, poems, pictures and more. The right side is used for notes and teacher handouts (“input”)
Note: Successfully implementing the Interactive Notebook involves extensive set-up and procedures but the pay-off is worth it.
Set up of the interactive notebook:
During my ambitious first year of teaching I developed a lab report rubric that is about a detailed as it can get. It makes lab reports very easy to do and grade. It is based on 110 point scale. I spent at least 5 hours developing this rubric knowing I would use it the rest of my career. I hope it helps you.
This food web activity was an engaging one. Students were having in-depth conversations (almost arguments) about what certain animals eat.
It was very easy to assess what the students didn’t understand especially when they had an arrow indicating that the grass was eating the deer.