Cathy Davidson at Duke shared with the world her new grading policy. The students grade themselves and each other. They decide on what grade they want early on and almost everyone makes an A. Surprise! Her policy is of course a bit more complicated than that, but it does represent the far end of the spectrum.
The other end of the spectrum which has also been written about in response is that teacher that grades everything. That is the job of the prof after all, right? Not necessarily. There are some advantages to teaching students to grade themselves. Part of the issues I see in classrooms today is that there is precious little self-reflection. Drafting has gone the way of the dodo. Looking over work means staring at it.
So, there could be a way in the middle. That’s what’s presented in this piece. I teach you to reflect and revise, then I grade the end result. In reality that means that something I might teach must be set aside to teach this reflective learning OR I’ve got to do it sometime outside of the class itself. Difficult but not impossible. Certainly food for thought.
What I’d love to know is into which category you fit? Or is there another that I missed?