Test retakes? Do you agree or not ?
The past five years I have allowed my students to redo lessons, quizzes, and tests to demonstrate learning. During lesson redos, I work 1:1 to assist with learning and errors, for quizzes/tests, students review their current results and write me a letter detailing what they noticed about their quiz/test and what they have done to prepare for the retake. These steps allow students time to process their thinking and demonstrate learning.
I’ve seen students who initially “didn’t care” about their work change their attitude and “care” because they know they can do better. Students began to work harder in class and prepare for the first assessment attempt. Students share how they appreciate the opportunity to try again. Parents appreciate that I care about their kiddo by allowing opportunities to learn again and demonstrate that learning. I have always believed that learning doesn’t happen in the same way and at the same time for all students. It didn’t for me AND Mother Nature feels the same way – just check out those flowers!!
I know this is a “new way” of thinking, but I am in the business to ensure each student that passes through my class LEARNS!! Honestly, this philosophy simply aligns with my thoughts about differentiating instruction and assessment, including personalized learning. So . . . I agree!
Reworking lessons, quizzes, tests is an option, not all kiddos take advantage of it; however, those that do are more motivated to achieve AND are advancing their learning. Isn’t that the goal in education?
I came across this article in my newsfeed today. Read this article from Edutopia, then vote, comment, and share. I wonder what others (educators, parents, and students) think about this concept.
I have activated a voting poll on my FaceBook page. Simply click on the FaceBook link to access. Voting ends in 1 week – on June 5, 2019. If you visit after this date, check out the results AND I’d love to hear your comments.