Tuesday, February 2, 2010
After the first unit
We've taken the unit assessment and I'm going to give them their feedback and Learning Target scores! Unlike this picture, the assessments aren't all multiple choice. I did have some multiple choice problems on this particular test. I did this because we're taking the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED) this week so I thought it would be good to talk about taking standardized tests. Some things I've learned during this time...
1. Taking time to provide feedback and define scores on Learning Targets is more time consuming than grading tests my old way.
2. I don't have to grade each assignment, so I save time during the course of the unit.
3. Instead of just identifying right or wrong answers, students seem to respond better to "feedback". I provide them with a response to their answers, what they did wrong or some positive feedback if they did it correctly.
Is everything going as planned with the new grading system? I can't say that it is, I've got some students who aren't turning in the practice, but what does that mean? Are they not finding the meaning in learning or are they taking the easy road? I plan to have conversations with them, encourage them to really get involved in their learning. It's a process, not an event. I must keep remembering that!