In an ideal world, teachers intend to do what’s best to prepare their students for the real world. In other words, when they plan their lessons, grade their papers, and give their lectures, they do so not simply with goal of having students do well on whichever test or project is coming up next, but also in order to give them the skills and instincts they need to one day tackle problems and situations in the real world. After all, what is the point of school if not to prepare students for what they will encounter when they leave school?

There is, of course, a difference between the types of challenges students face in the classroom as opposed to the ones they will encounter once they leave school grounds. The situations they find themselves in when inside the classroom tend to be much more structured and predictable than those that the real world will throw at them, so it stands to reason that trying to create a classroom environment that is, at times, less structured and predictable, can be quite beneficial for students.

One tool that teachers and professors might want to take advantage of along those lines is the pop quiz. A pop quiz is basically a small test that students do not know is coming. Whereas most quizzes are announced ahead of time, and students are told what sort of material is going to be covered so that they can prepare, a pop quiz comes out of nowhere. Students might think that a given class day will be focused around a lecture or a discussion, but then…

Source by Diana Washington