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TEACHER -5Should the teachers teach after exams (term -1 test)?Or allow the children to...

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suvetha | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted March 27, 2012 at 1:18 AM via web

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Should the teachers teach after exams (term -1 test)?Or allow the children to do whatever they want.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 27, 2012 at 1:37 AM (Answer #2)

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It's not a great idea to just let students completely do whatever they want.  It has too much potential to lead to problems.  So while it may be okay to plan more fun activities, simply saying "do whatever you want during this period" is not a great idea.

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 27, 2012 at 1:51 AM (Answer #3)

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I use that period to do things that the realities of test-driven education make impossible. So in the period after the AP tests, I cover topics outside the purview of the test and dig deeper into questions of historical method. Certainly the pressure is off, but allowing students to "do what they want" is a recipe for disaster, in my experience.

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 27, 2012 at 2:14 AM (Answer #4)

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I'm not sure if you're asking about the time after a student finishes his/her test until the end of that class period or if you're asking about a time of several days after an end-of-term exam until the class is actually finished for the term.

If you're referring to the remaining time in one class period, I liked having students with missing work use that time to complete some of those late assignments. Those who were caught up could work ahead, use the time for study hall for other classes, or could quietly work on activities of their choice that did not disrupt those still working on the test.

If you're asking about longer periods of time, I like the previous post's idea of using the time to examine topics that are worthwhile and important but not directly related to the content of the exam. When teachers are, unfortunately (in my opinion) but realistically, required to spend significant amounts of time preparing students for the material to be covered by high-stakes prescribed assessment tools, finding time to explore other areas is becoming harder to find!

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 27, 2012 at 4:26 AM (Answer #5)

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After exams is a great time to teach more interesting and creative lessons.  Teachers letting you do whatever you want may sound good now, but it would get pretty boring.  You would just be sitting around waiting for the bell to ring!  After exams is a good time to read books students choose, put on plays, read newspaper articles, do projects, and prepare for next year.

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kiwi | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted March 27, 2012 at 5:42 AM (Answer #6)

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There can be some sort of compromise whereby you give students more choice of what to do as the pressure of exams is removed. Perhaps a general topic idea where students can then conduct research and organise a presentation in whatever form they like (video, diorama, powerpoint, news article etc etc). I think students still need and want to be learning even when the exam hurdle has been jumped.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 27, 2012 at 7:56 AM (Answer #7)

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Students should not be able to do whatever they want. As for teaching after an exam, I would suggest that if the majority of the students do poorly, the material covered needs to be retaught (given the lack of mastery).

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 27, 2012 at 8:36 AM (Answer #8)

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There is sometimes room for down time, but in my opinion there should never be more than one day in a row - and hopefully just one day per semester - where there is no education going on. 

Fun educational activities are plentiful and easy to plug in when the curriculum gets relaxed on the last couple days of a semester. 

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 27, 2012 at 8:48 AM (Answer #9)

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Time in school should never go to waste, but that doesn't mean that the learning activities have to be "test driven." If there are a few days in a term after my last major assessment I usually have the students do a group/independent project of some sort. This allows for a social element, but still requires time on task. I try to make the project interesting and relevant to their interests. One year I had the them read very modern plays and then cut them into performance length productions for their classmates. It was challenging, but they all had a blast with it. In the end though, I knew I was assessing critical reading and thematic discussion of the plays in question.

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kavthuv | Student, Grade 9 | Valedictorian

Posted March 27, 2012 at 7:51 PM (Answer #10)

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Well in our school after every term test we have to do a class group project .There will be judges and they will award prizes to the winners from Grade 4 -9 (they will mention only the class name so all the students in class of example 4 'A' will get the awrads)

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vishnuip | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted March 31, 2012 at 9:48 AM (Answer #11)

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There are so many interesting activities that can be done after the exams. Childrens can do  so many creative activities like participating in workshops ,make anything that they are interested so classes will not be coasiog..

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drahmad1989 | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted May 23, 2012 at 6:54 PM (Answer #12)

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Allow them whatever they want to do but keep an eye on their work in this way you can learn some thing more from your students . as we learn from every one .what did you say ?

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