A former colleague and I were email-discussing how best to construct multiple choice tests. I don’t care any more, really, having retired from teaching, but the discussion came out of his inquiries about best-practices. The talk turned to best-use and best construction of distractors (i.e. the not-correct answer choices in the list of multiple choices).
The email thread then turned to chatting about retirement — mine (in progress) and his (imminent). I was giving my opinion about the process of becoming retired, eliminating this, that, and the other from the list of obligations and tasks. Then, before clicking ‘send’, I looked up at the subject line of the email, which was still ‘multiple choice questions’.
This occurred to me:
Retirement is definitely multiple choice, plus it’s all about eliminating the distractors in order to get it right.
Oh, what a wise thought that was, ya? Just thought I’d share.