Sample peer instruction questions

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Watch out - some of these questions are good and some are bad. You decide...

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Sample peer instruction questions

  1. 1. Peer Instruction Questions These questions are used in a workshop about writing good peer instruction questions. Some are good and some are bad. Which are which? I’m not telling you here – that’s what the workshop is about… Peter Newbury ctd.ucsd.edu Peer Instruction QuestionsPeter Newbury (UCSD) 1
  2. 2. What makes a good peer instruction question? Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) clarity Students waste no effort trying to figure out what’s being asked. context Is this topic currently being covered in class? learning outcome Does the question make students do the right things to demonstrate they grasp the concept? distractors What do the “wrong” answers tell you about students’ thinking? difficulty Is the question too easy? too hard? stimulates thoughtful discussion Will the question engage the students and spark thoughtful discussions? Are there openings for you to continue the discussion? (Adapted from Stephanie Chasteen, CU Boulder) 2
  3. 3. (Question: Sujatha Raghu from Braincandy via LearningCatalytics) (Image: CIM9926 by number657 on flickr CC) Chemistry Melt chocolate over low heat. Remove the chocolate from the heat.What will happen to the chocolate? A) It will condense. B) It will evaporate. C) It will freeze. Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) 1
  4. 4. Physics / Prediction A ball is rolling around the inside of a circular track.The ball leaves the track at point P. Which path does the ball follow? Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) P A B C E D (adapted from Mazur) 2
  5. 5. Astronomy Which of these are reasons for the seasons? i. height of the Sun in the sky during the day ii. Earth’s distance from the Sun iii. how many hours the Sun is up each day A) ii only B) iii only C) i and ii D) i and iii E) i, ii and iii Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (P. Newbury, UCSD) 3
  6. 6. Astronomy How many of these are reasons for the seasons?  the height of the Sun in the sky during the day  Earth’s distance from the Sun  how many hours the Sun is up each day A) one B) two C) all three Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (P. Newbury, UCSD) 4
  7. 7. English / Literature Select the line that you feel has the strongest imagery in “Fast rode the knight” by Stephen Crane (1905). Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) Fast rode the knight With spurs, hot and reeking, Ever waving an eager sword, "To save my lady!" Fast rode the knight, And leaped from saddle to war. Men of steel flickered and gleamed Like riot of silver lights, And the gold of the knight's good banner Still waved on a castle wall. . . . . . A horse, Blowing, staggering, bloody thing, Forgotten at foot of castle wall. A horse Dead at foot of castle wall. A  B  C  D  E  (adapted from David Kurtz, via LearningCatalytics) 5
  8. 8. Mathematics Evaluate: A) B) Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (adapted from Bruff (2009))   4 0 32 1 dxxx 23 )65(16 9 16 C) D) )165( 9 2 23  3 1022 6
  9. 9. Mathematics Which of the following is an incorrect step when using the substitution method to evaluate the definite integral A) B) Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD)   4 0 32 1 dxxx 3 1 xu  dxx du 2 3   4 03 1 duu (adapted from Bruff (2009)) C) D) none 7
  10. 10. History According to Augustine, which do you think was the most significant event in his conversion to Christianity? Be prepared to defend your choice with evidence from the readings. A) Corporal punishments as a school-boy B) Student years of follies (studies and promiscuity) C) Stealing the pears from the neighbor’s tree D) Death of his classmate/friend Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (H. Keller-Lapp, UCSD) 8
  11. 11. Physics, Part 1 Susan throws a ball straight up into the air. It goes up and then falls back into her hand 2 seconds later. Draw a graph showing the velocity of the ball from the moment it leaves her hand until she catches it again. Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) time velocity 2 sec0 (adapted from CWSEI UBC) After students draw their graphs, present the choices in Part 2. 9
  12. 12. Physics, Part 2 Which of these is the closest match to your graph? A) B) Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (adapted from CWSEI UBC) time velocity 2 sec0 time velocity 2 sec0 time velocity 2 sec0 time velocity 2 sec0 C) D) E) something else After students draw their graphs in Part 1, present these choices. 10
  13. 13. Physics Susan throws a ball straight up into the air. It goes up and then falls back into her hand 2 seconds later.Which graph shows the velocity of the ball? A) B) Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (adapted from CWSEI UBC) time velocity 2 sec0 time velocity 2 sec0 time velocity 2 sec0 time velocity 2 sec0 C) v D) 11
  14. 14. Statistics What are the mean and median of these numbers? 74, 32, 35, 87, 28, 36, 11, 26, 93, 56, 34, 52, 8 A) 13, 36 B) 44, 35 C) 572, 93 D) 48,13 Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (adapted from Peck, mathquest.carroll.edu/resources.html) 12
  15. 15. Statistics For the data set displayed in the histogram, which is larger, the mean or the median? A) mean B) median C) can’t tell without knowing the numbers Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (adapted from Peck, mathquest.carroll.edu/resources.html) 13
  16. 16. History / Political Science In what year did the U.S. join World War II? A) 1939 B) 1941 C) 1944 D) 1945 Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) 14
  17. 17. Computer Science How many times does X get printed? A) 0 B) 9 C) 10 D) 11 E) infinitely many times Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) for (int i = 0; i<10; i++) { Print(“X”); { (Beth Simon, UCSD) 15
  18. 18. Computer Science Which of these for-loop headers runs10 times? A) for (int j = 0; j < 10; j++) B) for (int j = 1; j < 10; j++) C) for (int j = 0; j <= 10; j++) D) for (int j = 1; j <= 10; j++) Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (Beth Simon, UCSD) 16
  19. 19. History In your opinion, which had the most positive impact on the modern world? Be prepared to defend your choice with evidence from the readings. A) coffee B) tea C) chocolate D) spice E) sugar Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (M. Herbst, UCSD) 17
  20. 20. Research Methods A researcher tests whether Medicine A is more effective than Medicine B. She hypothesizes Medicine A will be more effective. After analyzing the results of her study, she find there is no difference in the effectiveness of the two medicines. What can she conclude? A) The null hypothesis should be accepted. B) The alternate hypothesis should be accepted. C) The alternate hypothesis should be rejected. D) The null hypothesis should be rejected. Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (Adapted from E.Walker, UCSD) 18
  21. 21. Research Methods A researcher tests whether Medicine A is more effective than Medicine B. She hypothesizes Medicine A will be more effective. After analyzing the results of her study, she find there is no difference in the effectiveness of the two medicines. She can conclude the ______ hypothesis should be ______. A) null, accepted B) null, rejected C) alternate, accepted D) alternate, rejected Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (Adapted from E.Walker, UCSD) 19
  22. 22. Biology Your sister calls to say she’s having twins.Which of the following is more likely? (Assume she’s not having identical twins.) A) twin boys B) twin girls C) one boy and one girl D) all are equally likely Peer Instruction Questions Peter Newbury (UCSD) (D. Bruff, Vanderbilt U) 20
  23. 23. Linguistics “Lawyers give poor legal advice” What does this newspaper headline mean? A) Lawyers are giving legal advice to poor people. B) The advice lawyers are giving isn’t very good. Peer Instruction QuestionsPeter Newbury (UCSD) (adapted from C. Barkley, UCSD) 21

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