Last week each of my classes had their first test. Most did quite well, but, like normal, a few did not. In my school, the math department policy is that students are allowed to retake tests, but not quizzes. Honestly, I wish it was the other way around, but that’s a topic for another post. Since tests are worth 40% of a students grade at my school (we have a 10-40-40-10 grade distribution for homework, quizzes, tests, and final exam), it is important that students do a retake whenever they have performed poorly on an assessment. Not only should they do a retake for the sake of their grade, but also so they are in a position to better understand the material going forward. Math is constantly building on itself, so I’m glad that students have the opportunity to go back and revise their learning.
The past two years, I have used a retake form created by someone else in my department, but I never quite liked it. Although it asked students honest reflection questions, I felt like it was a bit condescending to students and I questioned if it might prevent some students from pursuing a retake opportunity. I used it anyway since everyone else in the department used the same form, but silently feeling like a bad teacher because of it.
This year, I wanted to create a new retake form. Over the summer I had played with a few different versions, but it wasn’t until today (the day before my students actually need the retake form, lol!) that I came up with something that just felt right. It asks students to reflect without pointing any fingers or making them feel guilty for not doing well the first time. It’s straight to the point, and requires them to revisit the material in new ways so that they can improve their understanding. Tomorrow I am going to walk through the retake form together as a class so my students know what my expectations are for it and have an idea about how to productively go about preparing for a retake opportunity.
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