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INTERVENTION: Frequent "low stress" assessments

(enforced writing practice in the form of short answer quizzes)

 

* make students aware of what they know (or don't)

* give students practice in answering short-essay thought questions (higher order Bloom's Q's)

 

DESIGN: (Formative assessment)

 Short answer writing assignment (quiz) given during class time

application/analysis type questions, including concept maps, problem-solving, case-study, "thought question" Give 5-10 minutes to complete the quiz, then have students exchange papers.

Present the question and ask for student answers. Discuss the possible answers and the reasoning behind the answers.  Explain point assignment and have students grade the papers.  Collect the papers and record scores.

These "quizzes" will make up less than 10% of the final grade.

 

*Surveys also given at the beginning and end of the semester to assess students' perceptions of "in-class writing" and study habits. 

 

DATA COLLECTION:

*Student performance on the essay portion of the exams--over the course of the semester (4 exams)

*Compare exam1 + exam2  vs exam 3 + exam 4 avg. (essay score only)

*Sort the class into fourths based on total points

*Examine student responses about study habits

*Examine student responses about attitudes towards the in-class assignments (effects on learning and/or study habits)

*Make a rubric to analyze the reflective essays in order to group their comments (positive and negative) into categories.  Put these responses alongside the test score data and see if there are any patterns.

*Student self-evaluation/attitudes about study habits/course format

 

Future data analysis (?)

*quiz scores vs exam scores (essay portion)

*does intervention have greater impact on low-performing students? (demographic, GPA, SAT data?)

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can you grade the quiz if they are just getting participation points - what are you going to do if they just draw a smily face??
Posted 16:26, 17 Jul 2009
It's not just participation points---these quizzes will count for 10% of their grade (low stress, but still counts and can change their grade if they do well)...so hopefully they will take it seriously and find it helpful to their learning. -Brinda
Posted 20:24, 16 Aug 2009
Are the grades you're recording the ones assigned by students? If so, how are you sure they're grading the papers correctly? Or do you go over them afterwards? Just wondering...
Posted 12:47, 11 Mar 2010
Are the grades you're recording the ones assigned by students? If so, how are you sure they're grading the papers correctly? Or do you go over them afterwards? Just wondering...
Posted 12:47, 11 Mar 2010
Are the grades you're recording the ones assigned by students? If so, how are you sure they're grading the papers correctly? Or do you go over them afterwards? Just wondering...
Posted 12:47, 11 Mar 2010
Are the grades you're recording the ones assigned by students? If so, how are you sure they're grading the papers correctly? Or do you go over them afterwards? Just wondering...
Posted 12:47, 11 Mar 2010
Are the grades you're recording the ones assigned by students? If so, how are you sure they're grading the papers correctly? Or do you go over them afterwards? Just wondering...
Posted 12:47, 11 Mar 2010
Are the grades you're recording the ones assigned by students? If so, how are you sure they're grading the papers correctly? Or do you go over them afterwards? Just wondering...
Posted 12:47, 11 Mar 2010
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