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Writing Effective Test Questions: The Definitive Guide. Now Released

I’d like to announce that my new eBook: “Writing Effective Test Items: The Definitive Guide” is now RELEASED. 

What is This eBook About?

It is a practical guide to constructing effective test questions. It provides teachers with step-by-step instructions they need to go deeper, further and faster toward making a success in preparing effective classroom exams with ease and comfort.

Why Did I Create it?

I created this eBook because many teachers asked me frequently for a guide to help them write test questions in a more effective way.

What Benefits Can You Get From It?

In this eBook, I share my experience in creating successful exams over +20 years. It is the comprehensive guide that I wish someone would have shared with me when I first started to make classroom tests for my students.

After reading this guide, teachers will be able to:

  • Establish technical quality of a test by achieving certain standards.
  • Use and develop effective test items following appropriate guidelines.
  • Avoid common pitfalls in testing their students.
  • Grade essay tests more effectively and fairly.

How Much Does it Cost?

Don’t miss your chance to secure your copy now! To grab your copy of this guide, click the link below. Doing so, you will take the privilege to get it only for $.99

Yes! It is for less than ONE DOLLAR! But to know, this price will last only until 30 April 2019.  After that, the price will be raised. So, hurry to get your copy for the lowest price. You will lose nothing.

Who is This eBook For?

This guide is a valuable resource for any teacher who is interested in constructing test items that can capture effectively and fairly what a student knows.

It is the comprehensive guide that I personally wish someone would have shared with me when I first started to make classroom tests for my students.

What’s the Best Predictor of Success?

Soft skills are in-demand in nearly every company and every industry. A Wall Street Journal survey of 900 executives found that 92% said soft skills were equally important or more important than technical skills. But 89% of those surveyed said they have a “very or somewhat difficult time finding people with the requisite attributes.” Likewise, LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Report discovered that the four most in-demand soft skills are leadership, communication, collaboration, and time management.

Are soft skills a better predictor of success? According to Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence at Work, yes! In his research of 500 executives that emotional intelligence – soft skills – was a better predictor of top performance than previous experience or IQ. CEOs at some of the world’s top companies (Amazon, Xerox, and Tesla, to name a few) lead with emotional intelligence have designed their entire corporate structure around soft skills.

And soft skills aren’t just great for creating a fulfilling and pleasant work environment. The link between profit and leaders with high emotional intelligence is clear. In one study, CEOs whose employees rated them high in character had an average return of 9.35% over a two-year period, nearly five times as much as companies with CEOs who had low character ratings. The case for recruiting for soft skills is strong: but, there’s something to be said for balancing good leadership and communication with individuals who have honed their talent.

Don’t Ignore Hard Skills

Cal Newport, author of So Good They Can’t Ignore You, believes that to have a successful career, you must develop skills that make you an expert in something. There will always be a market for those with a depth of knowledge in one thing; certain fields will always demand new hires with niche skills and technical training. Newport argues that the more mastery you have in a skill or field, the more control and satisfaction it’ll give you in your career.

While it’s true that technical masters do become top CEOs – Steve Jobs and Bill Gates come to mind – other experts note that eventually, soft skills and emotional intelligence must be learned. Many programmers, for example, have some of the basic hard skills that it takes to run a company. However, they fall short on key EQ traits like listening. The best leaders can learn soft skills over time, but start as an expert in something.

Ready to increase you and your team’s soft-skills to level-up effectiveness? Let’s talk!

This article by Emily Heaslip originally appeared on Vervoe.com.


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Top 7 Questioning Techniques in the Classroom

As a teacher, you always use questions in the classroom. There are lots of reasons for using them. You could use questions to:

  • engage your students,
  • check for understanding and comprehension,
  • seek opinions,
  • encourage creative and critical thinking,
  • review information,
  • help students see other ways of thinking.

The techniques that you should use in questioning depends on the grade level, subject matter, and lesson objectives. Here are some of the top questioning techniques you should take into consideration to use in the classroom.

1. Pair and Share.

After posing a question to the class, give your students some time to think about the answer on their own. Then, have them turn to their neighbor to discuss the answer. They can exchange their ideas with their partners. Doing so helps students prepare their answer and share it in pairs and then with the rest in the class.

2. Teacher Random Selection.

If you have the same few students answering all of your questions, you can select the student who will answer the question. You may like to write the name of each student on cards. Then, draw a name to determine who will answer the question. Doing so pushes all students to think of the answer and prepare to share their ideas with the whole class.

3. Selecting Particular Students.

Choose brilliant students to sit in front of the class. These students will answer several questions. You could ask the questions and ask them to answer. Then, ask other students to repeat the answers. If one brilliant student is struggling to answer, allow him/her to “phone a friend” asking someone else in the class for help.

4. Asking in Sequence.

Think about having a list of students ordered alphabetically. As you ask questions to the class, try to move from one to another using their order in the alphabetical list. In this case, you may like to follow Bloom’s Taxonomy moving from the most basic type of questions (recall) to more complicated ones (evaluation). By doing so with your questions using this technique, your students will have the time to prepare their answers, too.

5. Selecting the Raised-Hand Students.

Post the question to the whole class asking students who know the answer to raise their hands. Doing so give students to think and prepare the answer. Select one of the raised-hand students to answer. After getting the right answer, praise the student and ask one of those who don’t raise their hands to repeat the right answer.

6. Selecting After Modelling the Answers.

Ask a question and then model the answer by yourself. Then, select one student to say the model answer. Doing so helps students know how to answer questions perfectly and raise their confidence when answering questions. Also, this technique allows shy learners to participate in answering questions.

7. Asking Questions for Homework.

Write some questions on the board asking some students to read them aloud to the class. Then, ask students to prepare the answers for these questions at home. This allows time for students to think of the answers and perhaps they will share ideas to improve the answers. At the beginning of the next period, check that they have done the homework and elicit the answers from as many students as possible giving them your feedback, clarifying and correcting anything.


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