Good Pedagogy or a Juicy Rationalization?

8/14/2005 11:29:00 pm

A while back I posted about how I love teaching but the corrections are killing me! I'd like to find a good balance between getting tests marked fast and giving students the opportunity to get part marks using more extended response style questions. I'd like to give them quizzes more often but the time it takes to correct them (each has from 3 to 5 "show all your work" type questions) quickly becomes a factor.

I think I've got a solution. What I'll do is have the kids exchange papers immediately following each quiz and we'll correct them as a class. I'll make a point of emphasizing the kinds of oversights that cost students half marks (which can quickly accumulate) and exactly how solutions should be presented and structured. Involving students in the evaluation process will hopefully give them some insight into how their tests get marked. Maybe they'll even sidestep these sorts of minor errors where it really counts; on their exams. A second benefit is I'll have fewer corrections to do creating more time for me to spend with my family. ;-) Of course, another concern here is can I afford the class time to do this? The courses are very content heavy.

Well, what do you think .... is this good pedagogy or a juicy rationalization?

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