Sunday, February 10, 2008

Pop Quizzes

After sitting down in Friday's class and hearing, "Pop quiz!" I think I almost had a heart attack. Personally, I am not, at all, a big fan of pop quizzes. I don't know about the rest of the class, but I hate the feelings I get after I hear those horrible words. Even though right after, I found out it was fake, I still felt uneasy. In those 2 seconds, my mind was racing and i panicked. I feel that those words and the scare of a pop quiz can really hurt a student's ability. Even though the quiz was fake, and it was only making a point, I felt so uneasy. My mind was all confused because I took it so seriously.

I am not sure how I feel about pop quizzes, like whether I will or will not use them in my classrooms. Pop quizzes, personally bother me, but I am not sure how everyone reacts to them. There can by many advantages and disadvantages to giving students pop quizzes. I feel more of the advantages lead toward the teacher. With pop quizzes, teachers will be able to see which of their students are studying and which ones aren't. As for the students, not everyone may have read the assignment or even understood what they had done. We have discussed this in class, and we all know that students learn on different levels and ways. By giving a pop quiz with a paper and pen, students may become confused with all the information swirling through their head. Usually, from what I have heard, pop quizzes do not turn out well.

In order for a pop quiz to be a success, the quiz needs to be simple and cover the basics. Those that did not do the assignment will not know the answers, but those that did, will. The quiz can not go into too much detail because the student/s may have wanted to go over the material that day. Pop quizzes are really tricky, and I do not like them.

Here's a video from youtube that I thought was pretty funny.


Dr. Luongo said...

I don't like them either.


Sorry to cause a jolt to your anxiety level.

Remember this feeling when you go to give a pop quiz!!

DTP said...

I don't think that pop quizzes judge a student's ability in the subject, just their ability to respond under pressure, and I don't think that's the point. I want to make sure my students are well aware of quizzes in advance so they prepare accordingly, in the subject matter, but also mentally preparing for the situation.

Mohammad Awadallah said...

Oh Man, I feel the same way you do about Pop Quizzes I get so nervous when I get one..It's like all the information I know disappears and I just get nervous...I've always been like as a future teacher I will not be giving Pop Quizzes ...

catarina said...

I know exactly what you mean! When Dr. Luongo said "pop quiz" I panicked! I don't think they are a good way to measure assessment because the students are to nervous in that situation!