June 10 Day 94: Finals. Part I.

I spent 5 straight hours sitting in the home office without stirring. Three hours were spent administering back-to-back oral exams —two questions, twenty minutes, and no time to spare. Two more hours were spent on a more traditional remotely administered final exam in my mastery based precalculus class.

This is my first time using an oral final. I think I was as nervous as the students. But I must say, I like them. Listening to the students work through problems, its easy to see what they are parroting with out deep understanding and what they have truly internalized. I’ll say more about it tomorrow when all the finals have been administered. I wouldn’t want to inadvertently give a student an advantage by reading my blog.

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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