In Search of the Novel:Teacher-TalkNovel
Subject: Re: QuestionFrom: Margaret Hagemeister (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Apr 11 2000 - 17:29:27 EDT
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Your group self-assessment procedure sounds intriguing, but I have a few
questions. Do you find that most often the group just divides the points
equally? How do they come to group consensus? How are disputes mediated when
one student isn't given the points he/she deserves? If you could provide
answers, I'd appreciate it. I'd like to try your system.
> Another twist that I add to the small group discussion helps to take the
> pressure of assessing off the teacher and put it on the students. Give each
> group a given number of points to divide depending upon how much each student
> contributed to the discussion or project. For example, a group of 4 students
> might have 40 points to assign. A group of 5 has 50. At the end of each
> discussion or work session they submit the grades to me for recording. With
> my limited choice novel unit students have usually self-selected the degree
> of difficulty of the novel and are fairly well matched according to ability
> which avoids obvious fairness issues. I've had a lot of success with this.