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Grading

Grading is not Teaching

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Grading is grading. Teaching is helping the students improve their performance or increase their knowledge or change their thinking. Grading doesn’t do any of that. Students learn by doing (writing, creating, speaking), reflecting and getting feedback.  The doing part is the required assignments and the optional ones and the more they do, the higher the grade […]

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Less Grading, Better Student Performance

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I’m grading less in two ways: number of assignments and number of evaluative categories.  Remember, this is the basic public speaking class.  Traditionally we have 3-4 required f2f speeches.  I am requiring two.  In the last 25 years of my teaching this course, it has always been a panic to get through all of the […]

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 […]