Instruction Blog: How to see a copy of your first test

Sometimes, things that were once simple become more obscure. The original motivation is not to complicate, but rather to solve problems that are perhaps better left untouched.

I have been using Blackboard for several years now, and it has always been relatively easy to open up the tests for students to review their answers. The new version of Blackboard has added features which manage to complicate what once was a simple process. I opened up the test for my JRN 102 students to review the structure of the questions and much to my dismay, they reported that they were unable to see it.

So, one very diligent student persisted and emailed me to let me know. Well, I could see the test, why couldn’t she? I logged in as a student, I took the test and missed a few of the answers to show them that it tells you the correct answers, etc. Still, the student couldn’t see the test no matter what options I chose. I had to talk to the HELP desk twice in order for me to learn the method to the madness.

After finally clicking all the correct boxes, low and behold, I could see the test, so I decided it was time to write an instruction blog and leave the test open for a longer time.

Here is how open the test to review the answers and the correct ones. Don’t worry. I will leave it open for awhile because sincerely, you may need a while to actually see it:


Step 1: Click on JRN 102 Test 1.


Step 1











Step 2: Click on Begin.


Step 2








Step 3: Click on View All Attempts.



Step 3







Step 4: Click on the test score that appears in red.


Step 4







Final Step: Look at the test.


final step

What Students Really Need to Hear

What Students Really Need to Hear


Read this.

Originally posted on affectiveliving:

It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down what I really want to say — the real truth I’ve been needing to say — and vow to myself that I will let my students hear what I really think tomorrow.

This is what students really need to hear:

First, you need to know right now that I care about you. In fact, I care about you more than you may care about yourself.  And I care not just about your grades or your test scores, but about you as a person. And, because I care, I need to be honest with you. Do I have permission to be…

View original 765 more words

Commas, Commas, Everywhere

Yesterday, when I was in my office, a colleague came in and started talking about comma splices and how sometimes they are overused. Well, I love the sound of  those words in unison. Say it slowly and you might agree, “Comma splices”. As you know, I love words. Together those words describe exactly what it means.  So, I was inspired to write this poem. Remember, punctuation is important, like grammar it makes your ideas and thoughts clear so the reader can understand exactly what you are trying to say.

So here is my poem. I hope it entertains you and reminds you to think about punctuation.

Commas, Commas, Everywhere

Comma splices dot my words

Round and round the pencil curbs

Point and scoop

Scoop and curve

I distribute them all ‘oer the place


My mind has pauses here and there

My thoughts skip round like fleas in pairs

So when I write

Or what I say

Fragments like stars in outer space


Mark my paper full of red

Ink on paper I don’t dread

I just love to tweet and post

And commas are allowed in those


Commas, commas, everywhere

They’re like water and tears I’ve shed

You can’t drink them or punctuate

Cause like the sea, they are my fate

My Schedule

People these days are constantly talking about time management as if time could be managed like checkers on a board. Reality is time passes if we do not pay attention to our lives and exist in the moment. But being present and doing things mindfully does not mean that all I promised will get done and all I’ve done will ever meet the expectations of those I promised.
So, this semester, I am not obsessing about getting things done as much as I am doing things because truly that is the only way they get done.
Everybody talks about being busy these days and they rush through things to finish them. I ask them, “Why are you rushing to finish when you can’t remember where you’ve been.” Rushing to finish means you are never in the present. Obsessing about what you need to do means not paying attention to what you are doing, which probably means you will have to do it again because you didn’t do it well the first time. You know…the time you don’t remember because you weren’t there.

This is a copy of my fall schedule.

My Fall Schedule 2013My Fall Schedule 2013

Because I am a visualizer, I made the blocks proportionally accurate with respect to time.
I especially like the colors I used this time. But who knows if they are indicative of “time” which I have long given up trying to manage. These days I am just happy to live in the moment and hope I manage to keep most of my promises and still get plenty of sleep…

Or enough sleep anyway, because who knows what “plenty” is when one is referring to sleep or time or anything else.
But no worries…
We will all manage.

Lessons in Life

Originally I wrote this post on another blog. It is interesting how it still applies.

I have learned a number of valuable lessons, but none as valuable as the ones I have learned this summer. They are simple and I am a bit embarrassed by the fact that it took me this long to get them, but sometimes long is how long it takes. Here they are in short:

  1. Observe without judging. If you are just observing, you see things as they are and react less. Usually there is little need to understand what is happening instead of living what is happening, but if you are mindful and observe, instead of judge, you will see much more clearly.
  2. Listen to your thoughts. If you are quiet, you can hear your thoughts. When you hear your thoughts, you learn your own mind and realize your true feelings.
  3. Being present is difficult but worth it. When you are present, you realize what you missed and sometimes still miss. It is a continuous process, but well worth the effort. It reminds you of how important it is to observe more and judge less. Really listening to what people say makes you realize that much of it has nothing to do with words.