My new chapter is on "Assessment and Evaluation" and so far so good.. What i like about it is that the new chapter is touching on old school beliefs that still stand today at almost all levels of education... Teachers find it difficult to do away with the following; teachers give exercises and essays for students to imitate. If that is the entire teacher does, then they are hampering creativity on the part of the students. The teacher lists topics on the board and asks the students to choose one and write about it without any preliminary activity before the exercise. Teachers write marginal comments and confuse students. Teachers give comments like improve, rephrase, too vague, too broad or specify....or in other cases they write things that alientate their students alltogether such as...
- “This is no good.”
- “Didn’t you learn anything about writing?”
- “This is a mess.”
This in turn frustrates students instead of helping them....i know it sure as heck used to piss me off..... Teachers use red pencilling and bleed student’s papers to death both figuratively and literally. The classroom malpractices, confuses and disorients the students. With traditional evaluation, the teacher is the only reader for whom the students write. Assessment and evaluation are not the sole responsibility of the teacher. Teachers need to make students realize that their papers are their own property, thus answering the question of ownership. The paper that is marked and scribbled over by the teacher is no longer the student’s property; it becomes that of the teacher....such a no no don't ya think?