This week is “Stuff Teacher’s Like” week on Teaching Underground. We know the idea is “borrowed” from several other sites that have perfected the “Stuff____Like” model, but we haven’t seen anything out there from teachers. So, in no particular order, here it is.
Do I really need to elaborate? This entry might anger some, but take a minute to think about the benefits of the Scantron. I know of very few classes that don’t make use of multiple-choice assessments in some form. Even if multiple choice is not a teacher’s preferred method of testing, at some point nearly everyone will use it.
The main problem as I see it-- teachers who over-rely on the multiple choice assessment and scantron out of laziness. But in my situation, I have 155 AP Psychology students who will take a multiple choice AP test in the spring. For every 50-question test I give, that translates to 7,750 answers. Multiply that by 16 assessments in the school year and that equals 124,000 questions to grade. If it takes one second to grade a multiple-choice question by hand, that would be over 34 hours of grading this school year.
Thanks to the magic of Scantron, 155 tests, 16 times a year equals 2,480 tests. Graded at a rate of one test per second, that adds up to about 41 minutes of grading over the course of a year. Honestly, how smart would I be if I chose to spend 34 hours grading something that could be done in less than one hour with comparable quality?
Can anyone top that as a time saver? I challenge anyone to name one piece of technology that has saved you more than 33 hours in a year.