Every nine weeks my district gives benchmark exams covering approximately one-third of the standards that have been deemed “essential.” Many teachers feel the need to do a bunch of last minute cramming and do intensive review. For the most part, I see the benchmark as a speedbump; one of those things that I have to do. I mean, I we already have department CFAs (common formative assessments) that we use to re-direct our instruction, so I pretty much already know where my kids stand. So for the last benchmark of the year, I decided to change up the review.
I made up a practice test covering the standards that would be assessed, uploaded it to voicethread and had students sign up to create a mathcast for specific problems. However, this time they were looking for a fastball up and in and I gave them a change away. I asked a few students to do the problems incorrectly (of course, first they had to demonstrate to me that they could do the problem right.) Once everyone had added their comments to the Voicethread, I assigned the Easter Egg Hunt–Which ones are wrong and why? I think I really like this activity. Students not only have to work out each problem themselves, but they have to view another’s work critically. I would love to hear what you think.