What if you all evaluated each others'?
What you could do is the students go to at least 5 blogs and evaluate them. Find away to set up a grading rubric and have us follow it. Then have us send those scores to you through email or through a comment to the grading rubric post. You can take those scores into consideration while you add your own opinion to the pile. They fit together to form our final blog grade.
Maybe I should of proof read that....a way*
I like the idea. If anyone else has thoughts on this please chime in-- let's kick this around a little more and make some decisions in class on Monday.
I like it. It is just about how much we can rely on everyone to participate.
Sounds really good. It makes clear guidelines for both parties on what should/ shouldn't be done. My only question is: what about compromise?Ultimately, a contract will leave much less room for adaptation than a standard grading system considering that every action has been essentially given to both signing parties.
I like it but I agree with Isiah, a contract does mean compromise. Also, I don't like the fact that if you want an A, you can only miss two days of class. Life is unpredictable and sometimes that means missing more than two days....
I feel like it would be open to bias. Say two students practically hate each other but must assess their ability in the classroom. It makes it so that it would be easy for people to give each other an unsatisfactory where as teachers are required to be un-bias in their grading. I agree with Isiah and Feli that the attendance seems a little harsh, as well I think a 500 word essay a week seems a little extreme. I prefer the literature analysis every two or three weeks we do currently.
We are all human,not robots and say you get busy or by human nature forget to follow the weekly routine. That would suck to work your butt off in a class but get knocked down a letter grade because you missed 2 days or 2 weekly blog assignments. It seems to me that if there is a contract then you will still be graded by what you produce but the teacher just made his life a whole lot easier because now he/she doesn't have to grade anything.
After reading the article, reading the comments, and then rereading the article I have some points that I agree with but for most of it I can't say that I agree completely. There is one part that I am confused on. "These blogs will not be available beyond our class. For a discussion of privacy issues in class, see: http://www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/should-class-blogs-be-private-or-public Students may choose to reblog their work in a public place or on their own blogs, but do so at their own risk." What? Did I read that correctly? "Students may choose to reblog their work in a public place or on their own blogs, but do so at their own risk." Risk? What risk? The risk of possibly helping someone understand something that they didn't before or get a different opinion than they had before? Someone please help me make sense of this.
It is under 1.Class Attendance/Participation.