All English classes had their first grammar quiz last Wednesday. Most did well, a few did not. Here's what you need to know about the bi-weekly grammar quizzes:
1. All students, 6 - 12, are allowed to use their notes on grammar quizzes during the first semester. I am interested in the students learning and applying the concepts correctly, rather than playing "gotcha" on a test.
2. I provide all the notes. I write on the board and the students copy the information. At this time I don't require students to create their own notes: I want to make sure they are copying and using the correct information.
3. I do require that students keep track of the notes they take. I've asked each student to have a grammar notebook or folder in which to keep track of their daily grammar notes.
On this first test many students did not have any grammar notes. I allowed these students to look up concepts on the internet (the 8 parts of speech, for example) and use the information on the test. Several students did not take advantage of this opportunity.
If your student's grade went down due to this first quiz, please remind them of the information above and stress the importance of paying attention in class, writing down the correct notes, and asking questions if they don't understand.
Thanks for your help!