by Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Special thanks to Jade Burris for sharing this New York Times article by Benedict Carey.
Our typical understanding of quizzes, tests, and exams is that they are useful tools for evaluating how well students have grasped the material we are trying to teach them. In, “Why Flunking Exams is Actually a Good Thing”, Benedict Carey looks at a long trail of psychological research and theory (starting with Francis Bacon in 1620) in order to show how testing—in particular pre-testing—primes the brain to learn better. It’s a bit of a long read, but it’s worth the effort. The article suggests some pretty practical, research-based ways that you can use tests to boost your students’ learning rather than just calculate their grade.
Read the full article here.
What are your thoughts? How would you feel about giving students a pre-final on day 1?