Remote Learning — Week 7

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One thing I’ll miss from Remote Learning is rolling submissions of student work. As I discussed last week, students have 4-5 days to submit their assessments, and work that comes in before the deadline is evaluated and returned with feedback. Students can then choose to revise and resubmit their work before the deadline for full credit.

The approach has successfully created a consistent space to interact with students around their mathematical work. But it has also brought a welcome change in my grading workload. From the moment it’s assigned, student work trickles in slowly and steadily. This lets me evaluate a few at a time and quickly return them. Of course there are still plenty of students who wait until the deadline to turn in their work, but the incentive to submit early means there’s nothing like 100+ tests waiting for me all at once.

The ability to spread out my work has been invaluable during Remote Learning. The chaos of everyone working and schooling at home means uninterrupted blocks of time to focus are even rarer now. Knowing I can always turn an unexpected free 15 minutes into productive work helps keep all the balls rolling.

This process also has me approaching feedback differently, in a way that’s more like an ongoing conversation between teacher and student. I think we’ve both benefited, and it’s something I’ll continue to think about after Remote Learning has ended.

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Christine Lowe · May 11, 2020 at 10:37 am

Agreed – I also was surprised at how my responses changed as the week went on. My students definitely benefited from the ‘rolling’ submissions.

    MrHonner · May 11, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    One thing I noticed is that first-time work comes in with the same kinds of errors all throughout the week, right up until the deadline. This is the first thing I tell colleagues who express concern about the validity of this kind of assessment: It’s evidence that the “correct” responses aren’t really being communicated among students.

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