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I have found that students are most attentive and eager to learn during an actual test. The reasons are obvious as they have the pressure of the test weighing on them. Since our main goal as teachers is to teach, I have become much more lenient in answering questions and actually instructing quietly during tests. Although it is not an exact science, I will usually take the amount of help I gave a student into account when grading.
Thanks for sharing. I did something this year called the Untest. I believe I posted it on my posterous account akevy613.posterous.com. The idea was I wanted to see what they learned without the pressure of a test. I came in and I put on the board Chazarah of Perek X. There were certain activities like translation/shorashim, basic questions, and more critical thinking type questions. In each section I gave them a choice and I allowed them to use their Chumashim.
An amazing thing happened. I told them they had to do only 10-15 words many asked if they could do more. All the students even the weaker ones were motivated and engaged.
I do however disagree on one point that you made. I believe our goals as teachers is to ensure student learning and our focus should not be on what we are teaching but rather what are our students learning.
Thanks for sharing
Here is a link to an article I would love to hear what you think