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While the students were still outside the computer lab, waiting for some of their classmates to arrive, the teacher mentioned that she had finished correcting their tests from the week before and that she had brought them with her. This made the students nervous and enthusiastic at the same time. They were not enthusiastic for the lesson to start but for the teacher to give them back their tests back.
I think that it can be both good and bad to give the students back their test at the beginning of the lesson. It can be good because once you hand out their tests back you can immediately do a class correction. This would save any trouble of students forgetting to bring their tests to correct it. Also the students would be focused on the test so it would be logical to continue that lesson focusing on the test. The teacher may also give the students immediate feedback regarding any problems they may have found on the test. If the teacher decides to give the students their test back at the beginning of the lesson then continue on as normal the students would be more focused on their results and on what they did wrong. The worst possible scenario would be for the teacher to give the students their tests back at the end of the lesson. This would lead the students to not focus on their next lesson of they got a low mark. Here the students are also given no answers to why their answer was wrong and so on. In my opinion I think that it is best to immediately do a class correction so that the students would know what they did wrong and that any questions regarding the test would be dealt with immediately.
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