As I’ve explained, I started my master’s program a few weeks ago. Through an online program, I’ll have a Master’s of Teaching and Learning in Curriculum and Instruction in 14 months. It’s my first time in an all-online learning environment. They’re doing it wrong.
I’m a pretty decent student.
I like to think. I like to participate. I love to learn.
Oh, and I get good grades.
One quarter in high school I got straight A’s. Otherwise, it was A’s and B’s. Still, not too shabby.
It’s been a while since I’ve been graded.
Turns out I’m perfect.
I really shouldn’t be.
Assignment #1, Parts 1-2-3 was my first attempt at the use of APA style. I’m pretty sure I got it wrong. At least I think I got it wrong a couple of places. I’m not entirely sure.
Here’s what Education Specialist had to say:
ES hit on each of the areas of the rubric. And…well, that’s it.
My favorite comment? “APA was used.”
You bet your sweet bippy it was. Used correctly? Who’s to say?
Well, at least I know how to improve it.
You see that place where ES questions my thinking and points me to places where I can improve in the future?
Yeah, me neither.
Probably just ran out of time.
Let’s take a look at another one. My Philosophy of Teaching. I worked quite thoughtfully on this one. It’s my statement of what I believe as a teacher. I edited it publicly as a google doc and revised more than most anything I’ve written lately.
Ok. Note my ability to connect my philosophy of teaching to my learning is worth as much in the assignment as my ability to properly utilize writing conventions. Sure, those are the same things.
Again, no direct questioning or push back. That’s fine, because the assignment was shared with my peers in the course for discussion. Wait. No.
I’m torn on how I feel about the fact that two assignments sit turned in but ungraded.
I teach. I teach in a classroom with 32 learners in each section.
I get that grading in a timely manner can be a bear to say the least.
If the feedback were richer, though, I’d be more forgiving.
If the feedback pushed my learning, I’d be more forgiving.
Neither of those things is happening.
When I saw the score on Assignment #1, I shared it with the rest of the team in South Africa. “That’s great. Congratulations,” was the general sentiment.
While I’m not saying I’d like to have failed, I’m still trying to figure out how I feel about the 53/53.
I worked a long time on that assignment. I didn’t learn much of anything, save for APA style (I think).
In Making Learning Whole, David Perkins provides three types of feedback:
corrective: announces what’s wrong “Yes, but…”/”Good, but…”
conciliatory: vague, uninformative positive feedback
communicative: structured to ensure good communication 1) clarification, 2) appreciation, 3) concerns and suggestions
As a teacher, I’m going to be striving to live more in the world of communicative feedback this year.
I wish ES was doing the same.
Hi, you’re doing it wrong.