Before we begin our next unit (mitosis), we took a step back to review how far we’ve come during our first five units of biology this year. To review, we played a PowerPoint version of Jeopardy! It was a lot of fun watching students work in small groups to arrive at their responses to the questions. The game template was provided to me by another teacher and may be used and/or modified as desired by any interested users.
Tomorrow, students will be taking a practice biology end-of-course exam designed to introduce them to the rigor of a full exam but within the time constraints of a class period. The real exam does not have the same time constraints. Students will not be able to use any other resources while taking the practice exam. They will receive participation credit for taking the exam, not for how well they do. In fact, students will identify themselves by student number, an identifier that provides anonymity during the scoring phase of the exam. While some level of test anxiety is inevitable, I want to emphasize that this exam is solely for practice and self-assessment purposes. Students should come away with a deeper understanding of their current level of knowledge about biology, gaps in knowledge, appreciation for EOC test structure, and a plan to fill knowledge gaps. Please get a good night’s sleep, eat breakfast, bring a snack if needed, and come prepared and focused. We will score the exams on Wednesday and then launch the mitosis unit on Thursday.