Teaching Technique # 1: The Pop Quiz
Now, before you all shriek in horror, hear me out. This is used as an assessment of attendance. With approximately 28 total class meetings, I gave 11 pop quizzes, with the 11th being extra credit.
As long as the student takes the quiz, full credit (2 points) is given. If the quiz is given at the beginning of class, and students enter once the quiz is in progress, they are not allowed to take it. Thus - Don't be late!
Questions asked are used to assess student understanding of topics (i.e., what I need to explain better), student opinions of teaching methods, student questions, etc. Here's a list of questions I've asked:
- What was the most important thing you learned today? What are you still confused about?
- What do you like most about this class? What do you like least?
- What is a scholarly journal article?
- List as many limiting and advanced search options as you can think of.
- What is difficult or confusing about writing annotations?
- What questions do you still have based on what you’ve learned in this course?
- Which teaching/learning technique in this class has worked best for you? Worst? (getting at discussion, hands-on, group work, etc)
- What questions do you have about the final project?
[I am no longer 100% sure, but I think this came from the most excellent book, Successful Beginnings for College Teaching. It's one of the best teaching books I've read!]