Baldwin holds each subject’s midterms on a set day so that students will not be overburdened with two subjects worth of midterms on one day. It seems that teachers like to review quite a bit for these midterms.
In American Cultures, Mr. Geisler reviewed by giving the students practice tests on chapters 4,7,10,11 and 12 from the 9th till the 15th. This definitely helped the students — since the practice tests are composed of the same exact test bank questions as the real test. But I could tell that by the end of this time students were tired of taking practice tests. The way one of these classes would run is as follows: Students would complete practice test on a separate sheet of paper and we would grade them and go over them. I handled all three classes’ review for most of this period. On the last day, I created a study guide for them, which I strongly encouraged some borderline students to complete. I created the study guide with the test in mind. I had seen it and listed the concepts which were on the test. Still, on test day, many students did not complete this study guide. The test consisted of 60 multiple choice questions with 15 matching at the end. The average score on this test was somewhere around 68%.
For Navigating, we reviewed much less. The review consisted of a game where the class was broken up into teams and given questions with short one or two word answers. The teams deliberated on the answers and then a team member per team was selected at random by Mr. Deemer to go to the board with the chalk in the tray and at the mark write the answer on the board as fast as possible. The winner of the showdown would be able to shoot a basket — using a tapeball — into the trash can. The kids loved this game and I think it really helped them review. I’m going to use this in AC next chapter. The Nav midterm consisted of 5 essays where the students could pick two to complete. I think the average score on this was a somewhere around a high C.