Two step questions

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#1

Is it just me, or does anyone who give their students two step questions have the issue that the kids will only answer part of the question and not the full thing? I dont know how to get it across to them that there is multiple parts! Forget if there is three questions - oye!

For example Look at these questions. I will always get half an answer. However, testing as you may know requires them to have all of an answer.
https://goformative.com/clone/NYYACH


#2

So stop using two step questions :wink:. Instead expect one answer for one question:

Question 2 would be a short answer, question 3 an essay.


#3

Yes but sometimes state tests or district require the kids to have those kinds of questions


#4

What I’ve found useful as training is adding bolded numbers to two-part questions. So, for example, your question 2 becomes:

In the beginning, they must answer that question using the numbers as identifiers. Much like color-coding CER answers, as they gain practice, the addition of the numbers in their responses becomes a non-requirement. It does take a lot of practice, though.


#5

Good idea @mgarcia.

Another option would be to upload the picture or document with the original formatting (two+ questions in one prompt)… .and then break it down into each part on the side. That way students SEE that the ONE prompt is really multiple questions.

A third option is one I’ve used just recently. One of our concepts is to read a word problem and set up TWO equations from the information. What I did is I wrote the whole prompt, but then bolded key information from that problem and then bolded the question I wanted answered for that part. Then I duplicated the question and highlighted the other part that needed to be answered. ((https://goformative.com/clone/RXAFBT))



#6

I have done that with some multi-step questions as well. I actually work with my students and show them how to answer a multi-step question especial with AP Biology free response questions.


#7

I like to write the state version of the question using text (or a picture), then put each part of the question as a separate GoForm question.