Have a copy of your roster, upon which you can make marks.
Note: This is a trick test! If a student does NOT read the instructions accurately, s/he will do all of the silly instructions in the numbered questions. If the student reads the instructions correctly, they should not do the numbered questions. They are supposed to only fill in the header at the top of the paper. You are to NOT give any verbal instructions, except those given below.
Do not pass out the papers until AFTER you have given the 3 sentence instruction below. We want them to be able to start reading and doing the moment they get their paper. We don't want them to have the luxury of reading more carefully than they otherwise might be inclined!
You will be taking a short test today. You may start as soon as you get your paper. When you are done, turn your paper face down.
Have someone pass out the papers.
After all the papers are turned over, tell everyone:
Turn your paper face up and pass it in.
As papers come in, select out those who did not follow the instructions. Count them. On the copy of your roster, check off students who passed in papers with the header filled in. Those remaining failed to fill in the header (or are absent).
When all papers are in, read the instructions at the bottom. Open a discussion.
Those of you did not follow the instructions, why not? What was your thinking? Please volunteer, so that I don't have to call on people. Remember, your answer will help you, and your classmates in the future.
"I thought I was doing what it said."
Get out the tutorial paper on how to follow directions that you received last class time. Which of those instructions did you not follow when you did this test?
Remember to CAREFULLY follow the directions. You should have out the short check list of how to follow directions. If you do not have it out, or I don't see you referring to it, I will assume you are not following these instructions, and will talk to you about it afterwards.
As of: 6 Jan '03