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Completely off topic, but it is a math question. For the last two years, my kids' math teachers have given group tests and quizzes. The teacher assigns groups, the kids work on the test together, everyone turns in their papers, but only one is graded. All the kids in the group get the same grade.Is this normal practice? When did this stop being cheating and become a normal instructional practice?
I can think of no legitimate educational purpose behind such a scheme.
Thanks.Any ideas on ways to combat the group quizzes>
I have dabbled with group tests in the past, but for the love of all that is good and holy, I don't ASSIGN the groups. In fact, the groups are no more than two students, so it is more a team test than a group test; I allow the students to pick their own partner; and if a student doesn't want to team up with anyone, I tell the student that he is under no obligation to do so, and can take the test by himself like normal.When doing it this way, my students look forward to it! I only do it a couple times in a typical school year. I run most of my tests the old fashioned way.
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