Home Economics 8

VIDEO: An unusual final exam in under a minute

My group of grade 8s came into their final exam on Friday to expect their written exam. In my hand was a stack of papers. Two pages double sided and stapled per person. I went over the usual test procedures: no talking, cheating, copying, and the usual. Students were told to sit four to a table and only have their writing utensils on their tables. I handed out all the tests and asked them to keep them face down until ready to start. When I gave the go ahead, students were asked to answer a series of questions.

…seems typical, right?

At the bottom of the first page, it told them to get up, move all their bags and backpacks to the shelves where we usually keep bags so that we don’t trip over them in the kitchen. They were to silently make eye contact with their partners, give them a thumbs up, and get ready for a lab. As students got to the bottom of the first page of the exam, they started to look at me with shock. Some laughed, some looked scared, some look confused, and some even looked a bit agitated that they wouldn’t be sitting down for the entire test. As this was a silent test, students walked around briskly getting ingredients and helping each other with their only form of communication being convenient sign language and writing notes to one another. Once they finished sections of the test, they were asked on their exam to give each other high fives so I knew where everyone was on the exam.


See the 70 minute test in under a minute here:

9 thoughts on “VIDEO: An unusual final exam in under a minute

    • I really really love this Joe. I love that you are totally thinking outside of the box yet still covering what needs to be covered. I have stop motion on my iPad. I need to check it out. Did you just have it running the entire class time? I’d love to do that for a day in the life of Division 18. I know there is a web based program that does it. Very cool. Very, very cool.

  1. @ K. Lirenman

    I had someone make a comment to me after this exam: “Well, it looks like you don’t believe in testing.” It caught me off-guard and I’m sad I didn’t have a response but I knew that, for me, I got what I needed. From my perspective, many of the home economics PLOs could be “tested” by recitation (as they are often tested) but there needs to be a reconceptulization of “understanding” of course content. Does a true understanding of consumer choices translate to reciting the parts of a nutrition label? Thank you for your words – I feel much more confident in my play-time in the pedagogical sandbox. I’m always looking for authentic assessment tools!

    I ran the iPad app for about 20 minutes at a time from different angles. It’s awesome because you can pause the image capturing. This one took frames every 3 seconds. Can’t wait to see your video!

  2. I love this! I’m going to share it with our Family & Consumer Science Teacher this week – great idea! Just what we strive for, right? Not giving students test questions they can Google! 🙂

Leave a Reply to Ms. K. Lirenman Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s