Originally Posted by BumbleB
Do they know that the notecard is for use on the test? Do you give some time to start the notecard creation in class?
How much homework do you assign? I try to keep it short and sweet. Homework is over one concept, and only 5-8 questions/problems. Do they have time to start it in class?
I gave them the study guide (has the test questions almost word for word) a week or so before the test. It included a page that gave them a guide for creating the card and what to put on it. I gave them a whole class period and a 3-day weekend to work on the study guide and the card.
Homework is usually only what they don't finish in class.
@Cat: I'm reading Love and Logic right now. Good stuff so far, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to apply it to my classroom. Most management books are very clear cut in what types of strategies to use and how to immediately begin using them. Love and Logic is a bit less well defined but it looks more powerful overall.
@mopar: I will be definitely rethinking learning strategies in this class.
@TamiJ: Yes, I let all students retest if they did poorly. They have to complete a test review sheet before-hand so they know what they got wrong, and they have to explain why they got it wrong or why the correct answer is the correct one. The few from that class who even took the test, most of them did worse than they did before.
I may have to have a separate test for this class and make it easier.
@GTB: It's possible that it might be reflective of their ability, but I think some are putting in real effort and not seeing results or differences. These students generally have a history of low scores and grades in other classes as well.
Also, though my class is fun, it's certainly not an easy class. Students need to study for my tests, and I have a feeling many neglected to do so.