Most teachers, myself included, give quizzes about 2 times a unit. Sometimes, I would give three if a unit was particularly long. And I HATED it! They always felt like mini-tests because they would cover three sections, took the majority of a class period and were historically not that good Quizzes are supposed to be indicators of mastery of knowledge and performance of the future end of unit test. When a quiz, however, spanned multiple topics, I was not getting that feedback. Different students would struggle on different areas and I could not see consistent areas that needed re-teaching.
|Triangles and Congruency Quizzes|
In designing them I gave myself a few rules that have really served myself and my students well. These rules are also my rationale as to why they are so successful!
|Proof and Logic Quizzes|
3) A mini-quiz cannot be more than half of a page. I only want to assess one topic at a time and two to three questions will usually give me all of the assessment that I need. For example, when I did my quadrilateral unit, each mini-quiz featured three topics - angles, sides and diagonals - with one question apiece. This was more than enough for me to see if understood the properties without overloading the students. Also, since my goal was to have these done in less than 15 minutes, I didn't want to make them so long that they could not be finished in that amount of time. Additionally, with each quiz being half of a page, I could get to quizzes per sheet of paper and cut my copies in half! This length restraint lead naturally to my last rule!
|Right Triangle Quizzes|
Now the big question was, would this work? Would switching to four to six mini-quizzes per unit instead of one to two full size quizzes have an impact on grades? The short answer - YES!!! My class average on tests has improved by multiple percentage points!
|Beginning Concepts Quizzes|