I’m a day late with posting. I was really struggling with inspiration for this weeks blog…to me, our group felt like it was at a stand-still, waiting on technology support with Blackboard and everyone finishing up their specific pieces and parts. This week has also been particularly challenging for me on a personal level with end of semester teaching duties, trying to finally move my toilet back into my bathroom after a month long renovation project, committee obligations and last minute catering events. However, after meeting with my team this morning, I am yet again reinvigorated! We revisited the rubric situation and realized that we don’t have to assign weights or percentages to them. The rubrics may be solely utilized as a learning tool….I realize this may not strike anyone else as an epiphany but for me it was a weight off of my shoulders.
We were trying to figure out how to justify the numbers attached to the rubric standards and it proved to be unfair to just give a straight out 0, 50, or 100% to the evaluation of a students work. So we decided to change it and assign no point system to the rubric and use it as another way to provide insight as a guide for our students projects. This seems simple and minimal in the scheme of designing a course but it played yet another part in refining student engagement and learning opportunities. It lead to more discussion of how to perhaps allow a student to submit prior work for revision in order to meet the standard, thus bypassing tedious repetition and giving value to what they have already accomplished but teaching them through thoughtful coaching and allowing for revision.
The Chinese proverb is “give a man a fish and he will eat for today, teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime.” Such sage wisdom… how much of a greater buy-in will we be able to gain from offering students the opportunity to take what they have already done, that has been deemed a “failure” and turn it into a success…as instructors, you couldn’t ask for a better learning opportunity than this! Again, I am amazed at the collaborative efforts of my classmates and am left enlightened by our interaction and just I am left feeling as if we are at a standstill, another layer is stripped away and my eyes are opened to yet another aspect of the learning process.