I have a confession to make: I am terrible at handing back papers. I mean, you literally just hand the paper to the kid whose name is at the top.
But teachers everywhere know how disheartening that small act can be. ) There are the eye rolls and the whispering to each other of “What did you get? I don’t grade everything they write, but when it comes to the “big essays”—the graded, polished drafts—what grade they will receive becomes the sole motivator for their writing.
” and “She gave me a ___.” Next thing you know, the paper you spent so long reading and marking has been shoved into the abyss of the backpack or tossed carelessly in the recycle bin. I honestly got to a point where I would just wait so long to give things back, the kids would kind of forget, and then so would I. This frustrates me, and, in my opinion, distracts them from what they should actually care about: writing.
This intense focus on the all-important grade was my least favorite part, and it was definitely what kept the stack sitting on the counter behind my desk…for an embarrassing amount of time. After dealing with this for about nine years, I couldn’t take it anymore. Since I’m not usually one to give up, I set out to find a way to get my students to actually read their feedback and care less about the grade.
Most classes at RU are 90 minutes in duration, including those of the Study in Kyoto Program.
Each semester is 15 weeks long, followed by a two-week examination period.
Although both Independent Study and Research Independent Study consist of a one-on-one immersion in the topic of your choice with a NSOE faculty advisor knowledgeable in that topic, and both require the completion of a final product (e.g.
paper, report, proposal), they differ in the scope of the work in the following way: Students also inquire on how to find a mentor and/or a research topic.
When I first tried this with students, I put the following directions up on the board when I returned the essays: 5.
Conference with Each Student This step is where the magic happens.