We are in the midst of the whirlwind that is exams! I remember being a student and wishing that I was on the other end - a teacher. As a student, I would spend hours and hours on end preparing for exams, and I would get stressed and anxious.. even in college. Now that I am a teacher, I have found out that it is not all sunshine and puppy-dog tails from this perspective either. I worry about the load on my students and all of the exams that they have to take, projects that have to complete, and speeches that they must give. I remember being in their shoes, and as a teacher I definitely try to maintain an outlook that they have way more than just my subject that they are working on. I remember asking occasionally "Why do my teachers seem to think that their subject is the only one?" Keeping that in mind, I believe my exams to be very fair. I provide class time for at least 2-3 days for them to work, review, and ask questions. They get lots of practice problems with answers and solutions to check. I believe my tests to be the "best of the best," so my exams should encompass what I deem the most important - no tricky questions or real stumpers.
How do other high schools proctor exams? At my school, we have three exams on Wednesday and two exams each on Thursday and Friday (with Thursday and Friday being half days).
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year! Take this break to recharge for 2013 and the exciting things that it will bring!