Semester finals are coming! Of course you will review and try to prepare your students, but time is limited. How can you help your students do better and still keep your standards high?
USE AN ANSWER BANK.
If you have a 20 question test and you have 20 answers in an answer bank, your test is still challenging but you are giving your students hope which means they will put more effort into trying! That’s what we want, right? EFFORT!
Will some students guess by using the answer bank? Absolutely! When I give an answer bank, I have two rules:
- Students have to keep the test for a certain amount of time before turning it in.
- Students have to show work on all of the problems.
Try it this year. I think that you will be pleasantly surprised. If students feel like they have an advantage, it makes a big difference in their attitude. Please let me know how this goes for you.
I have two final assessments with answer banks if you would like to try them. (My Algebra 1 Final with an Answer Bank is in the works. Be on the lookout for it soon!)
Finals with answers banks are below: