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1Answer Checking 1Answer Checking - Teaching Notes

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1Arietta Fleming-Davies (University of San Diego) 1Jayme Dyer ()
2Jeremy M Wojdak (Radford University) 2Jayme Dyer ()
3Hayley Orndorf (University of Pittsburgh)   

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1<p>Checking your answers is an essential part of science, and yet many students skip this step, perhaps out of relief that the math is over. As scientists, often our habits of checking whether answers make sense are so ingrained that we don&rsquo;t even realize the strategies we use automatically. This activity provides students with a set of strategies they can use to check their own answers in their biology and other courses. Students practice the answer checking strategies on a series of simple examples.</p>  1<p>I used this resource as-is. Included are my teaching notes.</p>
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3<p>This module goes well with the &ldquo;Value of mistakes&rdquo; module, and the Powerpoint in-class version combines those two activities. In our experience, many students require a great deal of practice on this topic, and if it is introduced early in the course, it can be reinforced throughout the semester. For example, students can use the answer checking strategies to look for errors in their data entry in course lab exercises.</p> 3<p>Note: the teaching notes (Word doc) covers both an overview of how I implemented several BIOMAAP resources in my course, as well as how I implemented this particular resource.</p>
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   5<p>Here are my notes for Answer Checking:</p>
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   7<p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:6.0pt;margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:
   8bold">I used the handout and powerpoint as-is. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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   10<p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:6.0pt;margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:
   11bold">The powerpoint took about 10 minutes to go through in class. Then I had the students read the handout and practice the problems on the handout. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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   13<p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:6.0pt;margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:
   14bold">This was a useful activity, but I wish I had introduced it earlier in the semester (when we were doing more calculations in lab) and I wish I had the students practice checking their answers more during in-class activities. <o:p></o:p></span></p>
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   16<p style="margin-top:0in;margin-right:0in;margin-bottom:6.0pt;margin-left:0in"><span style="font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;color:black;mso-bidi-font-weight:
   17bold">I did include questions on the exam such as &ldquo;Why is your answer to the previous question right?&rdquo; and many students provided their reasoning, which I think was helpful to force them to do on the exam (though I have no concrete data that it was actually helpful).<o:p></o:p></span></p>

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1 file — ./BioMAAP_checking_your_answers1.3.docx 1 file — publication_694_1353/BioMAAP_checking_your_answers1.3.docx
2 file — ./BIOMAAP_MistakesandCheckingYourAnswers1.1.pptx 2 file — publication_694_1353/BIOMAAP_MistakesandCheckingYourAnswers1.1.pptx
3 file — ./answerchecking1_calculator.png 3 file — publication_694_1353/answerchecking1_calculator.png
4 file — Teaching_Notes_BioMAAP_Answer_Checking.docx