Peer Instruction Questions
These questions are used in a workshop about
writing good peer instruction questions. Some are
...
What makes a good
peer instruction question?
sgts.ucsd.edu
2
clarity Students waste no effort trying to figure out
what’s ...
Chemistry
Melt chocolate over low heat. Remove the
chocolate from the heat.What will happen
to the chocolate?
A) It will c...
Prediction (Physics)
A ball is rolling around
the inside of a circular
track.The ball leaves
the track
at point P.
Which p...
Astronomy
Which of these are reasons for the seasons?
i. height of the Sun in the sky during the day
ii. Earth’s distance ...
Astronomy
How many of these are reasons for the seasons?
 the height of the Sun in the sky during the day
 Earth’s dista...
English / Literature
Select the line
that you feel has
the strongest
imagery in “Fast
rode the knight”
by Stephen
Crane (1...
Mathematics
Evaluate:
A)
B)
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(adapted from Bruff (2009))
 
4
0
32
1 dxxx
23
)65(16
9
16
C)
D)
)165(
9
2 2...
Mathematics
Which of the following is an incorrect step when
using the substitution method to evaluate the
definite integr...
History
According to Augustine, which do you think was
the most significant event in his conversion to
Christianity? Be pr...
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...
Physics, Part 2
Which of these is the closest match to your graph?
A)
B)
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12
(adapted from CWSEI UBC)
time
ve...
Physics
Susan throws a ball straight up into the air. It goes up and
then falls back into her hand 2 seconds later.Which g...
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) 4...
Statistics
For the data set displayed in the histogram, which
is larger, the mean or the median?
A) mean
B) median
C) can’...
History / Political Science
In what year did the U.S. join World War II?
A) 1939
B) 1941
C) 1944
D) 1945
sgts.ucsd.edu
16
Computer Science
How many times does X get printed?
A) 0
B) 9
C) 10
D) 11
E) infinitely many times
sgts.ucsd.edu
17
for (i...
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; ...
History
In your opinion, which had the most positive
impact on the modern world? Be prepared to
defend your choice with ev...
Research Methods
A researcher tests whether Medicine A is more
effective than Medicine B. She hypothesizes Medicine
A will...
Research Methods
A researcher tests whether Medicine A is more
effective than Medicine B. She hypothesizes Medicine
A will...
Biology
Your sister calls to say she’s having twins.Which of
the following is more likely? (Assume she’s not
having identi...
Linguistics
“Lawyers give poor legal advice”
What does this newspaper headline mean?
A) Lawyers are giving legal advice to...
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Preparing to Teach 3: Sample Peer Instruction Questions

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Summer Graduate Teaching Scholars Program
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Peter Newbury
5/9/2014

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Preparing to Teach 3: 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 sgts.ucsd.edu 1
  2. 2. What makes a good peer instruction question? sgts.ucsd.edu 2 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)
  3. 3. 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. sgts.ucsd.edu 3 (Question: Sujatha Raghu from Braincandy via LearningCatalytics) (Image: CIM9926 by number657 on flickr CC)
  4. 4. Prediction (Physics) 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? sgts.ucsd.edu 4 P A B C E D (adapted from Mazur)
  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 sgts.ucsd.edu 5 (P. Newbury, UCSD)
  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 sgts.ucsd.edu 6 (P. Newbury, UCSD)
  7. 7. English / Literature Select the line that you feel has the strongest imagery in “Fast rode the knight” by Stephen Crane (1905). sgts.ucsd.edu 7 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)
  8. 8. Mathematics Evaluate: A) B) sgts.ucsd.edu 8 (adapted from Bruff (2009))   4 0 32 1 dxxx 23 )65(16 9 16 C) D) )165( 9 2 23  3 1022
  9. 9. Mathematics Which of the following is an incorrect step when using the substitution method to evaluate the definite integral A) B) sgts.ucsd.edu 9   4 0 32 1 dxxx 3 1 xu  dxx du 2 3   4 03 1 duu (adapted from Bruff (2009)) C) D) none
  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 sgts.ucsd.edu 10 (H. Keller-Lapp, UCSD)
  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. sgts.ucsd.edu 11 time velocity 2 sec0 (adapted from CWSEI UBC) After students draw their graphs, present the choices in Part 2.
  12. 12. Physics, Part 2 Which of these is the closest match to your graph? A) B) sgts.ucsd.edu 12 (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.
  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) sgts.ucsd.edu 13 (adapted from CWSEI UBC) time velocity 2 sec0 time velocity 2 sec0 time velocity 2 sec0 time velocity 2 sec0 C) v D)
  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 sgts.ucsd.edu 14 (adapted from Peck, mathquest.carroll.edu/resources.html)
  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 sgts.ucsd.edu 15 (adapted from Peck, mathquest.carroll.edu/resources.html)
  16. 16. History / Political Science In what year did the U.S. join World War II? A) 1939 B) 1941 C) 1944 D) 1945 sgts.ucsd.edu 16
  17. 17. Computer Science How many times does X get printed? A) 0 B) 9 C) 10 D) 11 E) infinitely many times sgts.ucsd.edu 17 for (int i = 0; i<10; i++) { Print(“X”); { (Beth Simon, UCSD)
  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++) sgts.ucsd.edu 18 (Beth Simon, UCSD)
  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 sgts.ucsd.edu 19 (M. Herbst, UCSD)
  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. sgts.ucsd.edu 20 (Adapted from E.Walker, UCSD)
  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 sgts.ucsd.edu 21 (Adapted from E.Walker, UCSD)
  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 sgts.ucsd.edu 22 (D. Bruff, Vanderbilt U)
  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. sgts.ucsd.edu 23 (adapted from C. Barkley, UCSD)

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