Before students are allowed to retake quizzes this year, they must complete an error analysis sheet.
Here’s what I’ve come up with. I’m not opposed to changes or tweaks if you can think of a better way of wording something OR better reflection questions to ask.
Here are some close-ups of the error analysis sheet so you don’t have to squint. 🙂
At the top, students have to record their name, the date, the unit number, and the skill number of the quiz they are analyzing their errors on. The, students have to write out what the learning goal was. I think having students write out the learning goal will be beneficial because it will force them to focus on what the quiz was trying to accomplish in the first place. When students turn in their error analysis sheet and get approved to reassess that skill, they will have to write out the learning goal AGAIN on their retake sheet. I want students to know what each and every quiz covers.
There are two columns for students to fill in. For each problem they missed on their quiz, they have to copy down how they worked the problem in the “My Error” column and rework the problem correctly in the “My Corrected Solution” column.
Next, students need to describe in words what their error(s) was/were. I also am requiring them to classify their error(s). I made this Types of Errors poster to hang in my classroom that I blogged about last week.
I created little circles for them to color in or put a check mark in to indicate that they made that type of error. I’m doing this because I am going to have my students fill out an end of unit reflection sheet where they have to count up how many of each type of error they made on their quizzes. If a student is making lots of careless errors or precision errors, then I hope that will show them that they need to sloooooooow down. If they are making computation errors, it means that we might need to work on their integer operations or calculator technique.
I also want them to write out a game plan for how they will avoid making errors of this type in the future.
When students fill out these forms, I will be looking for responses like this: “I made a precision error when I forgot to label my axes. I should have labeled the x-axis as time (in seconds) and the y-axis as distance (in feet). In the future, I will look over each graph before I submit my work to make sure I have included a title and labeled each of the axes.”
Because students may be working on these error analysis sheets outside of my classroom, I decided to reformat my poster as an interactive notebook insert. This will print two to a page on letter size paper.