Test Reflections

Tests shouldn't just be an assessment tool for me - they should be a learning exercise for you also. After each unit test you are allowed to submit corrections for missed problems and reflect on your understanding. Points are given to test reflections and summed during the grading period. The total points from the test reflections become another test that is factored into your grade at the end of the semester.
Your test reflection must include the following:
A. Test Corrections
For each missed or skipped problem you must provide:
  1. The correct solution. 
  2. Indicate in (1) above where you made your error or what you didn't know that would have helped you solve the problem. 
  3. A short description of the nature of your error (e.g. computational error, forgot a process/rule, lack of understanding, etc.) 
Do not scribble your solutions on the test itself! Parts 1-3 above must be done on separate paper and handed in. Alternatively, you can write up the corrections in your notebooks and hand in photocopies. If you choose this route, do not ask the office to make your photocopies - do that yourself.
At the end of Part A, summarize the kinds of errors you made into three categories.
1)Totally understood the calculus, but made a silly mistake (dropped a sign, bad arithmatic, forgot a rule, wrote something down wrong, etc.).
2) Understood the calculus, but killed by the algebra/trig/geometry. Include "couldn't translate the word problem into math" in this category.
3) Unclear on the calculus. 
 Part A should be hand-written (due to math notation) clearly and neatly. Part B must be typed.

B. Advice for Newbies

It's your turn to write the Advice for Newbies. Here's what I want.
  1. Bullet points in a word document, so I can cut and paste them into a master document.
  2. Several useful bullets for the newbies. Focus on study habits, attitude, and pre-requisites like algebra, etc. Don't focus on calculus knowledge since they don't know calculus yet and it won't be any help (yet). Think about what you wished you'd started doing on day 1 instead of day 100.
  3. A few fun bullets if you want, but keep it PG-13.
  4. Name your word document as <last_name>-Newbies.doc and put in the calculus dropbox on all-access.

C. Advice for Joshi

Time to vent your fury on me. What worked well for you this year in class - was there a particularly good lesson or class policy, activity, etc. that helped you learn or kept you motivated? What do you want me to keep doing, or do more of?
What didn't work for you? What do you want me to change for next year's AB class or next year in BC? Please be honest and offer feedback that will help me improve my practice as a teacher.
Nikhil Joshi,
Apr 30, 2012, 11:33 AM