Learning something non-math related in math class?!?!

Instead of learning a new lesson today in class, we went over the last test that we took. This wasn’t the typical test review that most classes do, though. We had to analyze the test to see how the study guides that we get on the class’s blackboard (aka webpage) matched up to the test itself.

Maria had us split into groups and gave us each a copy of the test. What each group had to do was write down what topics from the study guide were used for each question of the test. Then, we could check off each topic on the study guide. Almost every study topic was used on the test. This gave us a visual idea that the test was made for us to demonstrate our understanding of what we went over in class and what we should have studied outside of class.

The next task that we had to do with our test was to calculate the amount of points from each book section that were on the test. To do this, my group decided the main topics and types of problems that were used for each question. We then placed the question in the section or sections that we thought that it related to the most. For example, if question 3 on the test fit into both sections 3.1 & 3.2 and was worth 4 points total, we assigned 2 points to section 3.1 and 2 points to section 3.2. This was done for each question, and the points were all added up. Each group had a slight difference in the total amount of points for each section, but we could all agree that the points for each section reflected the amount of time we spent in class learning that section.

Then we got the tests that we took last week back. We were supposed to review them and write what we thought we needed to work on more and what we thought we did well.

You might be wondering what the point of all this detailed test analysis was. I was too at first. But Maria told us that this would help us with our studying for the future. To understand how a test is constructed-based on the study guide, the homework questions, and the amount of time taught in class-we can learn what is most important to study and not to skip over any topics.

I also think that this was a helpful exercise to do in this class because it taught us how much detail and planning is put into test-making. Since the class is directed towards students interested in elementary education, we got to learn some methods behind making a test. So, a few years down the road when I am a teacher myself, I will know how to construct a test along with a study guide that will reflect the knowledge of my students best. So, today I didn’t learn very much math, but some important lessons to use now and in the future.

Next post will be next Wednesday when we return to math! Get ready for more fractions!

Stay warm,

~Ashley

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