RISKing Success
Happy hump day  of course hump day means that there is not long until our students are leaving to write their exams. With that comes plenty of practice tests.
I wonder what effect the results of these tests have on students mindset and motivation especially those that continually get Not Achieved ?
Stiggins (2007) suggests we should look at the effect of assessment from the students point of view. from his research he notes that:
For students who are succeeding

For students who are Not Achieving

Assessment Results


Reinforce
success

Reinforce failure

Which makes them feel


Hopeful
& optimistic

Useless

They think


I am in
control

I can’t do
this

Feedback
helps me

Feedback
is more criticism

They
become more likely to


Revise

Quit

Take
initiative

Avoid
doing anything

Keep going
when the going gets hard

Simply give up

Which leads to


Curiosity
& confidence

Frustration
& Fear

Resilience

Failing to
take action

By classifying their errors the students can better understand how to improve and hence shift their thinking.
Several years ago I was introduced to the RISK strategy for students to self analyse their errors. This may have originated from the work of Stiggins. I thought the RISK strategy would be particularly relevant at this time for our students who will be preparing for the MCAT in September.
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1. Take the paper to be RISKed and a coloured pen
2. Write a big and bold R, I, S or K next to any mistakes using the RiSK acronym
3. Ask myself?
 How many silly mistakes did I make?
 What causes me to misread questions?
 What would my grade be if I eliminated all my silly mistakes and reading errors ?
 Who am I going to get to help me with the K's ?
Reducing silly mistakes is something students can easily do for themselves once they are aware of how often & where they make silly mistakes.
The class could jointly come up with strategies to reduce silly mistakes.
Questions they grade with a K they will need help with.
Another way to use the RISK strategy could be to create a table of the skills within a test, a column for right/wrong and a column for RIS or K. This will let them quickly see a pattern.
Skill

✔ ✗

R I S or K

Action

Factorise


Expand


Simplify with indices

last years post around the MCAT has other revision ideas
What strategies do you use to help students improve ?
Reference:
Stiggins, R. & Fullan, Michael. (2014). Revolutionize assessment : Empower students, inspire learning.
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