Learning and Testing
Forget the “Good ‘ole Days”… it’s now!
Procedures and strategies for learning and testing have changed radically over the span of my teaching career.
Multiple choice questions have become the norm, gradually replacing essay and discussion questions along with problem solving questions that require the showing of all work. The common core gives a glimmer of hope, but might not be the best answer for Christian schools.
Whatever happened to critical thinking?
Along with the demise of questions that require writing and showing work, we have observed a significant loss of critical thinking and analytical skills.
During the video portion of this lesson you will observe graphical trends that indicate a semi-quantitative analysis of the decline of critical thinking. You will see how the death of the “most common wrong answer” is indicative of the corresponding loss of critical thinking skills.
All is not lost. There are many functional and efficient strategies you can use that take advantage of multiple choice questions. You will learn how to increase learning and testing skills using the ideas proposed in this lesson.
After watching the video lesson on the site, you can download a PowerPoint presentation that gives many practical ways you can modify learning and testing events to bring school into a new dimension.