Reflection: Rules and Consequences Encouraging Independence & Reflection on Great Gatsby Soundtracks - Section 3: Evaluation of Progress


First off, student self-assessment when it's done with a rubric that is clear and unable to be argued with is amazing.  Students are much more likely to score their assignments honestly if they have clear guidelines that they are looking for and if time is given to them for this process.  I've struggled with making self-assessment meaningful in the past, and I'm currently working to improve on that with resources like the video below, which gives concrete methods of improving the practice.

I've spoken before about my love for data, and data from student reports is no different!  While students aren't punished for reporting the truth (however harsh or lazy), the class does see repercussions for a lack of effort if that's the case.  If the majority of students aren't putting in the effort in-class when I give them time, I stop giving them time.  It's as simple as that.  Likewise, if the majority of the class is effectively using their time, they whole class reaps rewards!

Another great use for this kind of information is as a basis for (or a response to) students and parents.  If students are routinely in the habit of being truthful on these forms, that information can benefit and inform conversations with all parties.  This survey in particular saved me at least 5 major headaches with students and parents because when they weren't satisfied with their soundtrack or character map grades, I could point to this data to show that the student had put in very little effort and knowingly did not complete the assignment to the best of their ability.  The 5 minutes it took to make this survey was TOTALLY WORTH IT!

  There's No Punishment for Giving Little Effort...But I Didn't Say No *Consequences*
  Rules and Consequences: There's No Punishment for Giving Little Effort...But I Didn't Say No *Consequences*
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Encouraging Independence & Reflection on Great Gatsby Soundtracks

Unit 9: Is Gatsby Really so "Great"?
Lesson 11 of 12

Objective: SWBAT synthesize several short essays evaluating characterization of main characters in Gatsby and articulating connections between those characterizations and songs of their choosing.

Big Idea: Improve the odds of getting complete, supported, well-written essays by giving students class time & evaluation tools to keep them on track!

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