Common Exam and end of year thoughts
Posted by Matt Cramer at 5/18/2013 11:00:00 AM
Hello parents and students. Thought I'd send off one last blog before the end of the school year. This next week we have our common exams where you'll be answering 25-27 multiple choice questions along with 3 open-ended questions that are much more conceptual than content specific. We have been teaching the whole course conceptually this year so while I don't think it will be that difficult there are definitely times where having so many options to choose from seems overwhelming. It's like walking into the cereal aisle at a grocery store and there are 300 options haha. Other than that we have been going through some NYS Regent's Exam questions designated for 9-10th graders and working with multiple choice. I loathe multiple choice but I figured if we need to prep we would at least do it at a high level. So far results have been good. Mrs. Gillis also prepared a lot of vocabulary examples for what to see on the test and they are getting familiar again with some older terms that haven't been used much since the beginning of the school year. Bottom line these students are smart, they have learned from each other along with myself and they are ready for any test that can be thrown at them. I feel a little like a proud coach reviewing and they knock things out of the park where I thought they might have trouble. Been a really great year and great group of students. They had a tough task of replacing the 8th grade class that I taught for two years straight and did a great job. Each class was unique from one another and posed different personalities, challenges, smiles, frustrations but most importantly a willing to walk into class with an open mind ready to learn something new. Thank you 7th graders good luck on your exam and good luck next year!