Do you want your students to reflect on a test? Are they asking for extra credit? Do you want them to use words to explain how to solve problems? Use this 3 part math test reflection guideline in order to have your students reflect on their work. After tests are graded and returned, students can earn missed points back by showing mastery of their learning after the assessment is over.
Part one’s purpose is to simply have them self-reflect on their own process of studying and the effects of preparation on performance. This process helps students to correlate effort and outcome.
Part two’s purpose is to reinforce what they already understand well. It also gives them another practice opportunity in addition to putting their problem solving process into words. Lastly, it gives the struggling students a chance to feel successful. It highlights what they did right.
Part three’s purpose is to give them a chance to show what they really do know. Sometimes, students make simple mistakes. They know how to do the problem, but they messed up. This is a second chance of sorts. Other times, it requires students to go back and check notes to determine how a problem should have been solved. By solving it step-by-step they are relearning/reinforcing a skill they haven’t quite mastered.
Included are practical teacher applications for instruction beyond just assigning the reflection.