Category Archives: Assessment & Grading

The “Game” of School

The “game” of school played by faculty and students claims to be about learning, but in truth it’s about grades, credits and filtering.  The students fully understand this; that’s why they behave as they do in our courses.  (Sannier made … Continue reading

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What kind of teacher are you?

Yesterday’s Washington Post had a column by Steven Pearlstein that caught my attention.  Pearlstein makes an argument that won’t be new to many of you:  that the internet has the potential to be a disruptive technology in education, that instructional … Continue reading

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What should grades include?

Now that Martha has shown me up, I figured it was time for me to blog again. 😉  I have four posts in the pipeline right now that I need to publish–really, I do.   This post began as a link … Continue reading

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Rethinking Assessment

Our school is engaging in a major effort to revamp and improve institutional assessment.  Like many schools, we have been “doing” assessment for about 15 years.  Or I should say, we’ve been going through the motions.  Assessment was viewed as … Continue reading

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The most important job of a university teacher is designing the learning environment

What does a teacher at the university level do?  This is a question I’ve pondered for some time, as I’ve been following changes in higher education, for example, the growth in the for-profit sector, and the growth in on-line learning.  … Continue reading

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Teaching as Modeling Disciplinary Practice

Over the Christmas holidays last winter, as I began to plan for my Spring courses, it struck me that it was a truly fascinating time to study macroeconomics and finance.  Yes, I realize this is much like the neurosurgeon remarking … Continue reading

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Teaching as Coaching?

This is another in my irregular musings about teaching, learning and how grading should help rather than hinder the latter. Does the textbook have a responsibility for student learning?  No, it’s just a source of course content.  Does the teacher … Continue reading

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Not part of your permanent record!

This is another post where I explore and struggle with the notion of grading. This week I reviewed the first substantive assignment I asked my intro students to write this semester. It was actually assignment number three, where the first … Continue reading

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