A common practice that teachers use to maximize their subscription is reusing quizzes to make a pre-test, and a post-test for a particular unit, lesson plan, objective, or set of standards.
To create a pre-test you will add the questions that pertain the specific lessons you are teaching, from the CAERT Question Bank. To learn how to create a quiz, read our blog on creating and assigning quizzes. Most importantly, name your quiz "Pre-Test" Unit X or Pre-"Name of Unit X."
The post-test can be created using an existing quiz.
First, create a new quiz. Most importantly, name your quiz "Post-Test" Unit X or Post-"Name of X Unit." Upon creating the quiz, you will be directed to the page to select questions from your quiz. There, you will find the question menu on the right side of the screen. Click the first option “Select from Existing Quiz”. Next, use the drop down menu to select the name of the quiz from which you wish to add questions.
Finally, select the boxes next to each question, and then click the “Add Selected Questions to Quiz” button.
Utilizing the "Current School Year Report", you can view the students' scores from the quizzes/tests they have taken, between July 1 and June 30. The two most popular reports are:
Quiz Question Summaries- This report shows how frequently a question is answered correctly or incorrectly to demonstrate validity and reliability and to indicate what concepts might require additional reinforcement.
Quiz Scores - This report lists all of the individual quizzes you have given to your students. Clicking on the name of any quiz will bring up a page listing the student scores for that quiz. It will also show if a student has taken the quiz more than once.
You can click on the View Student Quiz Summary column to see each individual submission by a student.
Previously, the Course Outlines feature was highlighted. Today’s blog will focus on the lesson plans.
Each lesson plan has been written by a practicing teacher in the designated content area. The lesson plans have then been aligned to national academic standards, and some state content standards.
A lesson plan is downloaded in PDF format, where specific parts may be printed for teacher use. To view the lesson plan, click on the red title of the lesson. To download to your computer, click on the grey arrow right of the title.
Common best practices of applying the lesson plan are:
1) Content and background knowledge
2) Utilizing the Sample Test and Labs, and Assigning to Students
3) Utilizing the Visuals
4) Adding to My Community
5) Standards Alignment
1) Content and Background Knowledge- The lesson plans are content centered to ensure you have the depth of knowledge needed for the activities. Technical terms are highlighted to guarantee clear definitions.
2) Utilizing the Sample Test and Labs, and Assigning to Students- The sample test is a favorite feature in MYcaert. It can be printed on paper, or filed electronically and assigned through MyFiles in MYcaert, or through Google Classroom. We find teachers use this in a variety of ways - as a test, as a review for a test, or as a worksheet - saving them valuable preparation time. At the end of each lesson plan, a hands-on application is provided, and may contain more than one. Teachers utilize these similarly to the sample test.
3) Utilizing the visuals- The visuals make for great handouts or note aides. They can be printed, and edited to fit your needs. For example, if using an identification visual, you may remove the names of the body parts, and guide students in note-taking.
4) Adding to My Community - Teachers may create or add additional items valuable to the lesson with My Community. Be sure to review and make the items your own. If you have an activity or handout to add, please do. Be sure it is not copyrighted. Check out a previous blog on My Community.
5) Standards Alignment- Each lesson plan is aligned to national academic and AFNR standards. Certain states have lessons aligned to state standards or pathways. MYcaert.com provides you the option to print out those standards you teach. Check out a previous blog on Standards Alignment.
Would you rather watch a 3 minute tutorial instead? See our Windows Movie Video at the end of this blog entry.
After you’ve created a course, you may want to view the standards aligned to the lessons in the course. This is a simple task. The standards are viewed in four simple ways.
If you are searching for lessons aligned to specific standards, you can do so by hovering over “My Courses” and selecting the area of study desired (IE: National AFNR, National Math, National Science, National English, or State Standards). By following the prompts, you will find the lessons aligned to those standards.