Similarly, professional craft-work writing, like lesson plans, is also undervalued, even though lesson plans that are taught by 100 faculty peers, and which go thru the wringer of 1500 students annually, are among the most intensely peer reviewed of all writings, since people actually have to use them
I like to use a scoring system from 0-3 (Hattip to Professor Dave Garvin at Harvard)
3- added significantly to the discussion with an insight that shows evidence of synthesis and/or deep insight
2 – contributed in a meaningful professional way that demonstrates appropriate mastery of the subject and evidence of preparation for class
1- attended but was a free rider in the discussions, did not contribute to the learning of others
0 – did not attend
Some people learn by talking and hearing their thoughts and through collaborative dialogue. If they say it 9 times wrong and then 1 time correct when they finally get it, did their 10 “contributions” outweigh the participative value of the introvert who has carefully prepared their insight, and offers a single cogent, deeply penetrating insightful summary that makes us all smarter?.
Participation grades are not “merely” opinion. A professional opinion, inhabiting the land between pure objectivity and pure subjectivity, is an opinion that is informed by both theory and practice and carries more weight than “just an opinion”. This point of view reflects a consideration of teaching as “craft” in which informed judgment is more than “just an opinion”. The judgment is not absolute, can be judged by peers and students, and be subject to calibration and standards of evidence like all craft work.
One of my concerns with grading participation concerns the motivation to participate: we want people to participate as a way to encourage an inquiring mind for its own sake, and not in order to meet a minimum number of speaking events in public to secure a grade. It seems to me that the effect of the contribution on others and as a window into the preparation and thought processes of the student is more important than the motivation behind the offering, and so, to “reward” the participator, and to respect the effort they put into the participation, it seems fair to assign grades for participation based on professional judgment. Studies of allowing anonymous peer grading demonstrate that in adult education peers are pretty well aligned with teacher judgments about quality of contribution.
Upholding Obamacare means young people now get to learn what its like to pay for everyone else’s healthcare and not just their Social Security now. Maybe this is why we don’t teach them math skills, so that they dont understand what we are doing to them
Watching the lottery draw to see which 100 of the 500 kids gets to win the success lottery by being randomly chosen for the effective charter school. Teachers unions should be ashamed of themselves but they arent
- Waiting for Superman (mrmovietimes.com)
- Mysterious Lottery Ticket Winner (lawprofessors.typepad.com)
- Book review: What a Lottery! (integrated4.wordpress.com)
- Book Review 10: What a lottery! (integrated4.wordpress.com)
- Currently Streaming on Netflix: “Waiting For Superman” and “The Cartel” and “The Lottery” (minx.cc)
My dissertation research involving planning and managing a network of related Participatory Action Research projects. For most of these I was doing theoretical, methodological and practitioner literature reviews and background readings to supplement the group actions. At the same time I was maintaining an individual learning journal to record my reflections on the research processes as they unfolded. I adapted Kurt Lewin’s two column journal into a four column learning journal to help me keep track of all the moving pieces. It turned out to be a very effective way for me to record the insights in the moment, to extend the learning with reflective thinking, to commit to actions, and recording the subsequent results of my actions. This ended up being a good way to maintain my research and reading notes as well, since I kept it in a searchable Word document and used keywords and tags for all my entries. After using this structured note sheet for several months I realized that it was a manifestation of the action research cycle itself, and discovered how life had come to imitate art once more. Although this seems like a small administrative thing, I found the four part learning journal’s structure to be an indispensible tool in integrating my projects, notes, reflections and findings. The table below is the basic format I used. I found the landscape paper orientation a better fit for keeping extensive notes. I have shared this simple tool with a number of graduate students who I am mentoring and they report similar findings on its usefulness.
|The A-Ha! moment or insight||Reflective thinking notes||Commitment to action notes||Results of actions taken|
- Reflecting (theatregrad.wordpress.com)
- Making a Request: To Use L1 or L2? – Bridging Reflective Inquiry and Nonviolent Communication (tokenteach.wordpress.com)
- How healthy is Voice within your organization? (kansasreflections.wordpress.com)
- Intuitive people are more likely to believe in God, study shows (dailyatheist.blogspot.com)
- How People Learn (and What Technology Might Have to Do With It) (education.com)
- These High-Achieving, High-Poverty Classrooms Push the Thinking: One of Their Tactics is Very Old-Fashioned. Let’s Chart It! (wordswewomenwrite.wordpress.com)
- Incorporating Reflection into Work Practice (ona76.wordpress.com)
- Why – What – How – What if? (managementpocketbooks.wordpress.com)
- Action research and design science (imphd.wordpress.com)