Friday, June 1, 2012

Quizzes for a Flipped Classroom

On great advantage of a flipped classroom is the amount of extra time that is created by the video lessons.  As teachers, we need to figure out what to do to increase learning.  I believe that regular quizzes should be part of this.  As we are developing a flipped classroom for next year, there was some disagreement on how to quiz.

Current Method
Every other day, students take a 5 point quiz that usually takes about 10 minutes.  When I hand back the quizzes, students should work in small groups to fix all of the questions that were incorrect and write a couple of sentences about what they did wrong and what they will do in the future to not make those mistakes.  I intend to use these as a formative assessments so I give them an opportunity earn back their poor quiz grades.  On the chapter test, students that score:
 90-100 get all quiz grades moved up to 5s,
 80-89   get all quiz grades moved up to 4s,
70-79   get all quiz grades moved up to 3s,

I believe that they should be rewarded for grades below 70.  I also do not lower students' quiz grades because of a poor test grade.

Other teachers' ideas
One teacher proposed having a daily quiz that is 3 questions(5 min) at the beginning of class.  These would be would not be worth points in the grade book, but will determine what the class will study for the rest of the period.  He also prefer one quiz per chapter that is graded that takes up 30 minutes.

Some teachers didn't like my quiz plan where students can gain their points back with a good final exam.  They believe that it encourages cramming.  Also, they believe that students should be rewarded for preparing for each quiz.

We also talked about using online quizzes to assess students such as google forms, naiku, mastery manager and the many other apps/websites that allow this function.  Does anyone have experience with these?

How do you quiz with a flipped classroom?  How effective was it?

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