Working with free response questions is incredibly challenging. There’s not always the time necessary to cover enough of them but they are a critical weakness in my program. Despite efforts to focus on them more and more, we’re getting worse at them which is…perplexing. The questions used are also getting harder as global averages are falling as well (thanks CollegeBoard, really appreciate it!).
My random thought of the week involves removing the calculus from these questions. Part of what makes FRQ so difficult is they can be very comprehensive, and unless you’re willing to chop them into tiny pieces, you have to wait a long time to introduce them. However, if you strip out a lot of the equations and make them discussions, how could that go? Here’s a question about bananas from 2017 and what it looks like without the calculus parts.