A teacher who heard my talk at the NECC last night has sent me an email wondering how teachers (pre-college) can “evaluate and assess the level of student contributions to conversations.” No fair disputing his premise that he has to assign grades, because we’re talking about a public school system under increasing back-asswards demands for more and more “accountability” and testing. So, given that he has to give grades, if he moves more to a conversational model, how can assess students’ participation? Do you know of any interesting approaches to this?
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