Friday, January 11, 2013

Day 79: Assessment and Investigation

So the sequence of the week went as follows:

  • Day 1: Investigation
  • Day 2: Formalization / discussion of results
  • Day 3: Examples & practice
  • Day 4: Review of practice
  • Day 5: Quiz / new investigation
I feel that most educators would agree that this is a solid sequence of instruction. And yet, it's totally not working. I actually felt pretty good about the students' level of understanding on Day 4, but the quizzes were a complete abomination. Students were taking 20 and 30 minutes to complete a 4 question quiz, asking for direct help while taking it, and still turning in mostly blank papers. 

They'll be graded this weekend to complete the feedback loop, but most students will deposit their work directly into the circular file and go about their business. 

Sorry for being negative, but with final exams approaching and the worst grades I've ever seen in geometry, it's becoming a burden to handle. 

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