Reader Jessica has some questions about test corrections.
1. For in class tests, you give half credit back for each problem missed. However, sometimes you do corrections with extra questions students have to answer in order to get the credit (which I think is a really great idea). Do all students have to answer these correction questions, or just the ones that got it wrong to begin with?
Just the ones they got wrong to begin with. Since I’ve started teaching AP Physics 1, I often just hand back a blank copy of the test with a card saying which ones they missed -- this prevents the "well, if I just change this word here, would I be right?"
Is this change due to the way the AP 1 free response questions are asked to begin with?
Yes. On the old AP Physics B exam I used to ask additional questions in the style of AP 1 -- the idea is, you can't just get the number your friend got as an answer, you have to write out an explanation. But AP 1 already asks for explanations. So there's no additional work required, usually.
2. Do you tell the students what the correct final answers are when you give back the tests?
No. For multiple choice, they talk to each other and figure it out quickly. That's fine, though, 'cause they have to TALK to each other, which is part of the point. For free response, they figure it out too, but it's a more complicated process.
3. Do you do corrections on fundamentals quizzes?
Generally no, because we do so many quizzes, and because fundamentals questions are straight-up recall. For the end of year "Big Butt" fundamentals quiz, yes, we do corrections.
4. For your exam corrections (which I'm assuming are like midterm and final?), you said that you treat corrections like a separate 100 point test that students lose points from if they don't answer the corrections questions correctly (that's a tongue twister). Do all students have to do all the corrections questions even if they didn't miss the points for that question on the original exam?
No, just the ones they missed.
6. For AP style tests with both mc and free response questions, do you have student fill out the multiple choice corrections form, or do you also ask extra questions for those on corrections?
They just do the mc correction form. If we're working in class, I'll often ask a question orally to be sure they understand subtle points. And I read the correction carefully, to make sure they're addressing any misconceptions appropriately.
7. can you please explain how this works with the flow of the class... is this right?
Day 1 - take test (Time to correct it and makeups of course)
Day 2 - give back original test and blank for correcting, they work together to start on corrections. Collect back originals after a set amount of time in class. Finish corrections for hw?
Day 3 - collect corrections?
That's pretty much right. The schedule can change depending on other goings-on; for example, if half the class is on a field trip, the other half may do corrections, and field trip people just catch up for homework. I'm very strict about regular homework deadlines, but I've often quietly allowed students who have a lot of corrections to do to take an extra day. The goal is to get corrections right at all costs.