Thursday, May 30, 2013

"End of Year Final Exam" details

Your end of year final is worth the last 100 points of your final exam grade.

It should be very easy to get a full 100 points (and raise your grade by getting a perfect score on a test!).  All you have to do is the following:

1. Complete Part 1 (blog post), done well and thoughtfully. - 50 points
2. Complete Part 2 (test creation) and work well in groups, staying focused in class. - 50 points

Keep in mind that 50% of your final exam grade is based on completing the assignments (blog post and test creation), whereas the other 50% is based on the quality of your work.  

  • Your blog post should be well-written, thoughtful, grammar-checked, make sense, etc.  
  • The tests you create in groups should be neatly done, organized, and easy to read.  
  • In addition, your work ethic in class on the days you are given to work on the tests will affect your grade. If you are on task, focused, working well with others, and getting your work done, you can earn the full 25 points in that category. If you appear to be lazy, not participating, absent, not helping your group, etc, you will lose points.

Grading Breakdown:
25 points - Completing Blog Post
25 points - Quality of Blog Post
25 points - Creating one (sr) or two (jr) tests in a group
25 points - work ethic, focus, and participation in class on Wed, Thurs, Mon, and Finals Day
100 points final exam

PART 1: 
Students must do one last post on their blog.  They will need to submit the link to a Google Form like always.  The submission form link is here.

This is due no later than class time on Thursday, June 6th, 2013.

The post is a letter to a Math Analysis Honors student in my class next year.  
  1. What do you want to say to them to help them have the most successful year possible?  
  2. How can they best adjust to the flipped classroom and learn to work with all the technology I require of them?  (do you have any specific tips for them or experiences you could share?)
  3. What can they expect to be different from their previous math classes?
There is no length requirement but it should be thorough and answer all 3 questions.

I found this quote online and thought it applied to this situation:
If you participated in the “Spring Break Extra Credit Video” assignment, you can embed your video in this post.  You can also record their thoughts on video as well.  However, the post CANNOT be just a video - that is just supplementary.

PART 2: 
The sign-up document link is here. (see below for viewing only of live doc)

The math portion of the final exam for Math Analysis will consist of students writing tests for the different units from throughout the year.  This is done in groups and thus there should be plenty of time to work together, collaborate, and get it all done during class time (not having to bring any of it home!!). However, if work needs to be distributed to be completed at home, please make sure that happens!

Here is what each test must consist of:
  1. Students will be put in groups of 3-4 students.  No more, no less. Must be same class period. Signups are first come, first serve on document above.

    *For best use of time, these should be chosen and signed up (see link above) BEFORE class ends on Tuesday!!

  2. Students must print “Test Templates” for their chosen units from the class blog.  They will need two copies of each Template per group. 

    **For best use of time, these should be chosen and printed BEFORE class begins on Wednesday!!

  3. Same number and type of questions as their original test for that unit . They must get the original tests from their portfolio.  Original test questions can be borrowed from Ms. McMullen during the class period (ask me for location if needed).
  4. On one template, students will write the problems only (directions already on test).  This should be written clearly and neatly by the group member with the best handwriting.  This should be written in pen.
    1. They must make up their own problems.  They cannot be ones from original test or from SSS.
  5. On the second template, students will write the problems in pen as well (identically to first copy) and will then solve it neatly step by step in pencil on the test.  Work should be done on separate paper first so the copy you turn in is neat, readable, and steps flow clearly.

**For best use of time, students should be splitting the work up among group members and sharing the load. Not all 3-4 students in the group should be trying to write ONE problem or solving ONE problem...big waste of time! However, problems should be checked for clarity and correctness by more than one person in the group.

The requirements are as follows:

SENIORS: Must complete one test between Wednesday and Thursday in a group.

JUNIORS: Must complete one test between Wednesday and Thursday in a group.  Must complete a second test between Monday and Finals Day of the following week in a new group.

There are 16 possible tests.  
  • Units A-B
  • Units C-D 
  • Unit E
  • Unit F 
  • Unit G 
  • Unit H 
  • Unit I
  • Unit J
  • Unit K 
  • Unit L 
  • Unit M 
  • Unit N 
  • Unit O 
  • Unit P 
  • Unit U 
  • Unit V

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