Monday, December 13, 2010

If We Teach to the Test

If standardized tests determine how we teach, then students would probably:

  • Never raise their hand; after all they will prove their knowledge on the test.
  • Never explore around the topic, twisting it, turning it on its head and perhaps coming up with new questions.
  • Never ask different questions than what the teacher expects.
  • Not participate in discussion after one answer has been given since usually only answer is enough on a test.
  • Always be very, very quiet because to take a test there must be silence.
  • Always be cordoned off by privacy folders fore they must not cheat off each other.
  • Always know exactly where they rank and whether school is for them or not.
  • Realize that thinking creatively will hardly ever pay off.
  • Always ask what their grade and rank is and then flaunt it whenever they can since this is what a test-obsessed society deems important.
  • Be very god at filling out little bubbles inside the lines, making their mark and heavy, as well as erasing mistakes completely.
  • Never attempt to place an answer outside of a designated area.  After all, thoughts only get so much room to be explored.
  • Not really need a teacher, perhaps a scantron would be just fine.


Mr. Ray said...

Pernille, you've hit the nail right on the head with all your points. Too bad we are teachers and know nothing.

Martin Sketchley said...

This is the teaching/learning culture in South Korea unfortunately where most NTs and NNTs are required to teach to test. I remember a student demanding the right answer with an ambiguous question and getting a simple 'it depends' type of answer. My term teaching to test methodology; "Spoonfed EFL"

Sam Rangel said...

I like this a lot. I hate having to consider the state test when lesson planning. It takes so much away from the learning experience. Great post.
I've added a link to it on my site.
Thank you,


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