Great Ideas: Checking Time

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From the TCT archives: keep students from rushing through tests

My first-graders love to be “done” when taking tests, but hurrying leads to skipped questions — and occasionally, entire pages are missed. To slow them down and emphasize the importance of rechecking work, I instituted a “two minutes of checking time” rule.

After every test, students spend two minutes rechecking before they are allowed to put tests in the “in box.” I either use a timer that beeps or lend each student a two-minute “hour glass.” Children learn responsibility and I find fewer errors.

~ Submitted by Marti Kramer Suddarth  (at time of original publication, St, Joseph Catholic School, Corydon, IN)

This great idea was originally published in our October 2010 issue.

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