Loud final exams

Loud final exams

  I don't give tests. Tests as most people know tests, where a student sits in a quiet room and has a private experience with a pen and paper, I don't do that. I don't agree that that test is important enough to get recorded in a gradebook and have an impact on a student's final semester grade, and therefore college admissions. However, I do consistently and naturally test the students, but more for their own and my own understanding of how they or I could innovate to nudge things along in groups or individually. Formative assessment? Yes. It works. And for the record, I also think it works to give those traditional quiet tests when the results are only used to inform instruction and not recorded in a student's final grade. I have real trouble making the pursuit of knowledge and an authentic learning process suffer the fate of becoming artificial school experiences. All the talk about the real world or...
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