Finishing up with our first full week of BYOD integration, we decided to use Socrative Teacher and Socrative Student to host a mini-quiz about multiplying polynomials. I send out a quick reminder to the class using Remind101 to ensure that they came in with the Socrative Student app already downloaded. We had our lesson, went through a couple practice problems, and then started the quiz.
Alright, so check it out. We just took this ridiculously long benchmark, right? Like, crazy ridiculous. It wasn't even fair for the kids. 30 problems that included mixtures, point-slope form, 2 open-ended response questions with justifications, and a slew of other nonsense. We took the test over 2 full days and kids still weren't finished. Burned out from the test myself, I knew there was no way that they would look at that giant stack of terror with the same dose of sanity ever again... So we did something different.
Math nerds tend to have a reputation for being math nerds. I'm here to continue that trend.