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One of my favorite things to do towards the end of learning about a topic is to have the students “Create-A-Quiz.” The most important part of this assignment is that they MUST make it a multiple choice quiz.
I talk about quizzes and tests with the students and ask them how they think the multiple choice questions are created. We discuss how the common errors/misconceptions are used to create the WRONG answer choices. We go over a few examples of how this might be done…focusing on all of the different ways students might respond for a particular question. Then, I have them work with a partner to make their 4 question multiple choice quiz. They, of course, must have the correct answer marked for me so that I know they understand the question themselves.
I often use some of the student-created questions as quiz problems and name the authors on the assessment.
I love this activity because the students are focusing on the errors that might occur while using a ton of math talk to come up with the question and the multiple responses. I think it would be a nice extension to have students come up with multiple select items for their quiz as well.