Testing. Testing.

Mar 02 2010 Published by under Uncategorized

It's been a long time since I had to take a test for a class, but I'm kinda reliving that experience today watching my students hover over the sheets of paper I have prepared for them this morning. I don't think the test is hard, but we'll see how they do. This is the first test I've ever given so it's tough for me to judge ahead of time. I'll be really curious to find out what they retained versus what was lost on them. I tried to limit my questions to the main topics we covered in class but who knows if what I thought were the main subjects are the same as what they thought they were. I certainly spelled it out, or at least felt I did.

In a lot of ways this feels like a test for me as well. Did I get the concepts across? Did I ask questions that will let them display what they know (or at least will remember for the moment and probably forget shortly)? We're 20 minutes in and no looks of panic or frustration yet. No questions and plenty of writing. Hopefully this will go smoothly.

4 responses so far

  • Genomic Repairman says:

    Nice work. Dropping the first test on them is always a little nerve-racking. At least no one has thrown the test on the desk and stormed out crying as was the situation with the first test I gave.

  • Alyssa says:

    First tests are scary to give - like you said, you never know if you really got your point across about what's important and what isn't. But, the fact that they're not freaking out is a good sign!

  • Dr. O says:

    I've never given a test of my own making before, so it's interesting to think about the prof getting just as nervous as the students. But I agree that no signs of freaking out is a good sign...busily writing with their heads down sounds like a good test is underway!

  • PUI prof says:

    Shoot for relatively tough first test, a little easier second, and then just right for the rest.

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