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Day 437 - Quiz #1

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I had my first quiz in class tonight. I have a couple students with severe test anxiety. Since I'm a new instructor, they don't have any frame of reference for what my quizzes and tests will be like. I can totally get that. I tried to prepare them last week, but I guess it wasn't quite enough.

Each quiz is just 5% of their total grade. The quiz is 15 points, and there are 30 questions, so each question is just 1/2 of a point. In addition, there's an essay question that is worth 3 points, which can be extra credit to make up for any questions they miss in the first 30. I tried to make it easy enough for everyone to get the full 15 points. I also decided yesterday to make the quiz open book, because after reviewing the questions, I thought the students would do better if they had the book to refer to. (If the course were offered online, and many of our courses are, then there's no way for a closed-book test unless it's proctored, and that's not practical in the California community college system.)

I'm feeling pretty confident that all the students did pretty well. I will be grading the quizzes this weekend, so we'll see.

I really like my students. I want them to succeed. I'm not going to give them all a free pass, but if I can help illuminate a path that they hadn't considered, then I'm all for that.

By the way, I had to stay an extra half hour because my poor test-anxiety student needed the extra time to finish her quiz, after all the students had left. So I'm posting this blog later than usual after getting home around 9:30pm this evening.

Have you gone the extra mile for one of your SparkFriends? That's how I see my students. They might need a little help to be successful, and if I have something to share, then I'm happy to share it! I love my SparkFriends like I love my students. We exchange ideas and secrets to success, and support each other.

I hope you're teaching someone what you know, whether it's a student, a child (or grandchild), or a friend who is willing to learn. Embrace teaching, and embrace learning! We can all grow a little bit, and we can help others to grow too.

Together, we can accomplish great things!

Keep Sparking, dear friends!!!
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  • CHERALA
    We teach others even when we don't realize it.

    Here's to those who've made teaching their vocation and believe in what they do!
    1843 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    I see a Best Teacher Award in your future! emoticon
    1844 days ago
  • no profile photo DIASTER
    What a special teacher you must be. Your students are so lucky to have such an understanding leader. Will be interesting to see if that student gets settled by the end of the semester.
    1844 days ago
  • 1DAY-ATA-TIME
    Teaching is the best way to learn!
    1844 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Another mystifying typo. Now that's a new word ...was supposed to be efficient.
    1844 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    - certifications were and much more difficult. So easy to trip up even if you know the material and probably harder to set. Not sure how to help a test phobic student but it gets easier the more you do, I think.
    1844 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Online tests are very common and are indeed open book but even so there is a set time. The student needs to be very familiar with the material and learn to be affixing. My English classes never used quizzes, but multiple choice quizzes for some certi
    1844 days ago
  • PYNETREE
    To Teach is to Share Knowledge.

    To do it well is s a Gift!

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    1844 days ago
  • HDEGMD
    You know Steve, when I look back over my life (other than my Mom and Dad and a few friends) my fondest memories were of a few teachers. Everyone has teachers they remember. That be you Steve for your students... how very lucky they are to have you. And that you LOVE what you do. What a win win situation. HUGS, Pat
    1844 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I have never heard of an open-book test. TO me , that is called studying.
    If I had one of those in my Chemistry class in college, I would be a Nobel laureate now! I had major test anxiety and spent three and a half hours taking one test in that class and still barely passed. IT took my GPA from 4.0 to 3.9 in one day!
    No matter what the class, every single person should get an "A" on an open-book test!
    Maybe it will teach them how to study for the future tests.
    1844 days ago
  • 911BRAD
    Sounds like your students are set up to succeed. Great job coach!

    Always enjoy your blogs Steve... Cheers
    1844 days ago
  • BE-THE-CHANGE
    I wish more teachers had your attitude.
    1844 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    I have been lucky enough to help some SparkFriends who I wondered if I even could help! I perceived them to be in there own world of confusion and able to vent information/feelings out, but probably not able to receive! But I found to my surprise, they were indeed able to receive input and were responsive!
    Giving the extra, instead of assuming what you have to offer is going to be ignored, is the right way to go...if you find your assistance rejected, it's that the individual isn't ready and although you went the extra, it's not wasted...it may have set them up to be able to hear it from someone else the next time! I learned this years ago in my counseling work! I am always in a position to help, I just might not be the one who see the end result!
    Thanks, Steve...you always get me thinking!
    1844 days ago
  • PRAIRIECROCUS
    I really enjoyed reading your blog !
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    1844 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    You sound like a natural. Teaching is such a wonderful privilege. Isn't it? And, I find teaching/learning to be a two-way street. My students have taught me much.


    1844 days ago
  • AFLOWERS_79
    I teach middle school :) teaching them way more than just academics
    1844 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13138538
    I cannot imagine how hard it is to be a teacher. I find teachers set really high goals for themselves and I bet it is easy to get frustrated. Keep up the caring and you will be rewarded!
    1844 days ago
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