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Assignments

The Sixth Assignment

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This refers to the “come up with your own assignment and I have to ok it” option.  This assignment is the epitome of my teaching philosophy for this course.  It gives them the opportunity to create their own learning, to think about what they need to know, what situation to apply this course to.  I […]

Grading

The liberating grading system

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Yes. Liberating.  For me and my students.  Here are two of the most important elements of my new system: how they earn their semester grade and how they earn credit for a speech. First, they earn their semester grade by deciding how many assignments they will complete at the basic level.  Completing five assignments at […]

Grading

Teach, don’t grade

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After teaching the basic public speaking course at colleges for over 30 years, and being frustrated with the level of speeches, level of writing, no-shows and drops, I realized I had to radically change the way I was teaching.  Because, you know, if they aren’t learning, I’m not teaching. So this blog will explain how […]