Students are applying for extra tests (given on Sundays) by filling out the form on our class website during the week. That process is going well, and it lets me prepare tests for them ahead of time instead of scrambling to hand out problems while lots of other students wait around and get anxious/annoyed/etc.
Another nice benefit of creating the tests ahead of time has been that I can see a history of which questions I’ve given to each student. I can also quickly and easily find a problem from someone else’s test and copy it into their new file when I’m making up the tests each Saturday. I am keeping all of the files named with the student’s name and the date of the extra test in one folder like so:
Sidenote: The green checkmarks are from SugarSync (if you’d like to sign up, here’s my referral which will earn me more free storage). The files are automatically uploaded as I edit them, and then automatically appear on anyone’s computer who has chosen to sync the shared folder. Then other teachers here can grab my tests and edit them for their own students without having to constantly ask to share files back and forth.
The kids really seem to dig the uber-legit personalized feature of having their name printed on the test:
And yes, yes, having the “Name:__________________” spot at the top is redundant and has earned many notes from students. Oops. It is part of my default quiz format, and I forgot to take it out. Oh, well. Once they take the quiz, we look at it together before they leave (so they leave knowing where they stand and with some closure). Then I scan it, enter it into ActiveGrade, add the scanned file to my Evernote note for the student (same place where I write all of their comments, special comments, and other quick notes… invaluable when college rec season comes back around), and return the paper to their mailbox to pick up at their pleasure.
So far, so good, in terms of keeping track of everything this way. I’m about to make the process a step easier, too. We’re getting another scanner for right in the physics office. That way I can scan the test once I’ve corrected it with the student and they can leave with it in hand. Cycle closed even more rapidly.