Well, this is unfortunate, but it is not the end of the world. Below I will outline and explain the process by which you can learn from your mistakes and seize the opportunity to have Mr. Crossen reassess your understanding of the content, analysis of reading passages, or whatever it is you need on which to show growth.
Step 1: When you get your test back, look over it. Are your strengths clear? What about your weaknesses? Perhaps you struggled with a specific standard such as those regarding trade.
Step 2: Now that you know the general areas in which you need to improve, look at the specific answers or responses you missed. Write down each question, word for word.
Step 3: Think about your thinking. What went wrong on the specific topics/questions that you missed?
Step 4: Investigate the specific topic and general concept/standard. Find the correct answer. Start with your notes, then move to your textbook or other resources. Write down the correct answer.
Step 5: Write down where you found the correct answer, and discuss:
Was it in your notes?
If it's not in your notes, where in the textbook or other resources did you find it?
If you had to go outside your notes and your textbook, where did you have to go?
Step 6: Go back over your corrections.
Do you see any patterns? What kind of questions did you tend to miss?
Is there any evidence that your notes are a problem? If so, what are you prepared to do about it?
Is there any evidence that your reading of the text or other resources was the problem? If so, what are you prepared to do about it?
Step 7: Review the content areas that require reassessment. Don't just memorize an answer. This isn't about trivia. Think broader. For example
Suppose you missed a question asking you to identify the correct order for the Protestant Reformation, Rise of Absolute Monarchy, Enlightenment, and Italian Renaissance.
This question is assessing your chronological reasoning and your ability to reason how events over time may or may not be connected to each other.
You need to know more than just Renaissance first, then Protestant Reformation, then Absolute Monarchy, then Enlightenment.
You need to know how they are connected. Why the order? How are they related?
Step 8: Make an appointment with Mr. Crossen for a reassessment (Sign up on his appointment calendar).
Step 9: See Mr. Crossen at your appointed time. He will
look over your corrections.
ask you what you learned about the various roadblocks that might have limited your success on the assessment.
ask how much time you spent going over your mistakes.
engage you in conversation over specific standards you wish to reassess.
Based upon the quality of your conversation, Mr. Crossen will reassess your mastery of the content. Be forewarned, he will not ask you to repeat simple answers. He will engage you in conversation that goes beyond the simple answer.
Step 10: Ask yourself, how awkward must it have been for Mr. Crossen to write all of this and refer to himself in the third person?
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