Students didn't have time to finish a test. Now what?

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  1. teachin4ever

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    So I gave my 6th grade math class their first test of the year only to realize that at the end of the 50 min., they only got through about 3/4 of the way.

    So now what? Do I grade what they completed and give them time on Monday to finish the rest? Or do I just give them a grade for what they completed and call it a day?

    New teacher...you live and you learn! :blush:
     
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  3. trayums

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    I would say give them time to finish. :)
     
  4. Yank7

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    Let them finish the test,although I would not give them back the part that you already graded,if they have done poorly they will give up on the remaining part of the exam.
     
  5. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

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    Two options:

    1) Give them extra time on Monday

    2) Pro-rate it. Assuming that all the kids actually worked all period, divide the points they earned by the points they attempted, and make it into a percent.

    It's all part of learning to teach. Don't sweat it.

    And, for the record: I've found that this is a great way to determine what a typical class can do in a 40 minute period:

    I type the test, leaving room for them to show work. If it fits onto a standard 8.5x11" piece of paper, an average class can probably finish it in one period.
     
  6. mmswm

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    I agree with Alice's suggestions.
     
  7. Hazel QT

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    I would say give them time to complete it on the following class day. My mom was a math instructor and when she would check to see if all of her students completed their tests and found that they hadnt, she would give them a portion of the next class to complete it.
     

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