Sunday, April 23, 2017

How pop quizzes can be effective for maintaining overall class pace and understanding class's learning status

     Recently as I've been approaching another project to work on, I've began to think about my science class, SPS 2C, and noticed that keeping pace was hard as our teacher, Mr.Lo, taught quite faster than the other SPS2C teacher, Mr. Mellon. The class was also very free for students to explore and required the students to practice on their own time to catch up with the class unlike Mr.Mellon's class which had assignments to complete with specific due dates.

    The pre-ap/AP approach in this class is what alerted me to borrow a feature (from another class) that allowed the students to study freely in their own methods but at the same time still meet the expectations of the class: The use of pop quizzes. Here are the reason why.

1. As Sophomores, we are in the process of moving into AP courses and can't be fully entrusted to study the full content yet.

     Once students start to take AP Classes, homework turn into projects and most content is self-studied and reviewed. Yet, the problem with taking a 2c class then immediately taking an AP class right after is that there is no transition that allow the students to adapt to that new environment, so using pop quizzes to lead the students into that direction can be helpful.

2. Pop Quizzes help teachers to understand the overall class pace without directly asking the students.

     Most of the time when the teacher asks the students for any questions or clarifications, most students do not have the confidence to respond back and tend to go along with the class if they are behind. Through the use of pop-quizzes, teachers do not always have to ask the students if they are keeping pace as well and also through the data, can adjust the class setting to the student's needs.

3. Pop Quizzes can help students understand information more specifically and identify what they've missed

     Pop-quizzes can be small hints or clues of how actual, future tests may look like, and if the student hasn't done so well on the quiz, they can learn to change their studying habits and understand how the information should be learnt. For such, in my psychology class, Mr. Quemby mainly aims to test us on our application through pop-quizzes that explain a certain scenario and require the students to know how the concepts are then applied. Alike this method of pop-quizzing, other teachers such as science teachers who aim to test a student's memory or ability to think, may create quizzes that make the students improve in that area of learning.

      In conclusion, Pop-Quizzes are good way to not only assess student on how they are doing in the class, but a good way to give teachers feedback and give clues on how students may change their working style to better adjust to the teacher's expectations. I advise that pre-ap and 2c classes start using these methods to allow students become independent workers and teachers to be interactive with their students by more frequently being a part of their learning. Thank you

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