|Scissors and glue section of the SS 10 test|
For my 10s I decided to give them some scissors and glue while writing their test. Normally I have a multiple choice question which asks them to link a major company to a region. Here I gave them five and asked them to glue them to the correct region. In a post test survey of my students they all said the liked this section as it gave them an opportunity to 'move'. JS: "It gave me a chance take a break during the exam. I didn't feel like I was writing an exam, rather doing a worksheet." CS "Having to connect them without the answer in front of me made me think." These were among my favourite comments.
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Another one I used was referencing a cartoon (deforestation) and having two of the earth's four spheres engaged in a dialogue discussing the impacts deforestation has on them.
Here are few things I learned from this process. I need to expose students to this type of testing earlier (I did this last minute and didn't quite prepare my students and as a result I spent a fair bit of time clarifying what was asked of them). While I use non-traditional teaching methods I need to give students an opportunity to practice making slogans or developing a dialogue.
Another observations was that I loved marking these exams. I will say it again, I loved marking. I normally loathe it. This time I was excited to see how students had responded, what ideas they had created, connections they made etc. Both tests were marked in a night and I am notorious for taking a number of days to return tests.
From the students perspective they liked the options, appreciated the challenge, believed it was like writing a work sheet and felt relaxed. All aspects of test taking I value.
Moving forward - I am going to look into using more diverse and non-traditional means to test students. While it is important to clearly link them to learning outcomes; the students responses to them should be personalized and diverse.
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