WE DID IT!!!!!! First semester is just about over, now all that is left our final exams! Which also means that we finished a full semester of our AP Lang Collab course!!! (Lot’s of exclamation points tonight because I’m super happy!)
Today was our “final exam” for our class, but rather than a typical sit down test, we presented a trailer video, each gave a 10 minute talk, and had a gallery walk for people to learn, ask questions, and give feedback about our bookshelf, feedback and assessment, and logistics for the course.
This all took a lot of work to plan for and I’m just really happy with how it went. I know I’ve learned a lot this semester and I don’t need a number grade to prove that to me. The feedback we got today about how impressed everyone was with our showcase just further solidified that for me.
It also made me think comparatively about how other classes give their final exams. One of the things I’ve realized is that myself and other students know a lot. More than we think we know probably. The part that makes things difficult is a matter of if we are asked the right questions.
Learning is a process. Not everyone will have the same takeaways all of the time, but everyone will take away something.
With most final exams all students are expected to have had the same takeaways, and there isn’t much room for students to just say “this is what I have learned and taken away from this course so far.”
I wonder how final exams would be if things were more flipped like what we did with our exam, so rather than a teacher saying, “This is what I want for an answer because this is what I know we’ve talked about,” a student was able to showcase to a teacher or larger audience, “This is what I want you to ask me about because this is what I’ve learned.”
In AP Chemistry today we talked about how there can often be many different answers to questions because everyone has a different logic behind how they answer it. If you are able to clearly explain your reasoning, you should get some credit is the philosophy we have in that class.
I really connected with this since it’s related to why we didn’t take a standard final exam for AP Lang. We wanted to celebrate our work and communicate what we’ve learned with others and then let them ask us questions.
Plus we recorded it! So now, without further ado, because it is still finals week and I need sleep, here are our MoVe Talks from earlier today about our experience so far in AP Lang:
And with the first day of finals arriving tomorrow, it is in my tradition to say this every year (actually I have a surprising amount of posts about final exams.):
It is time once again, for that time of the year has come, where I must sing this song for the next week and some.
(To the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas, but without writing all of the versus out.)
On the twelfth day of finals my teachers have to me
12 multiple choice
11 fill in the blanks
10 matching questions
9 short answer
8 days of prep
7 different essays
6 days for teachers
4 hours of sleep
3 sheets of paper
2 number two pencils
And 1 really long annoying test
Now all through the night
Some people will still study
So before I part,
A merry finals to all
And to all crammers
Good luck, and good night!