I tried a new form of mid-term evaluation this year. Of course I dutifully recorded a mid-term grade on the Archway by the deadline. That letter grade was a compilation of some of the papers they’ve written thus far, and a few other assignments. But besides a breakdown of the grades they already knew that they had received, how else were they doing?
At the start of the semester I handed out index cards. They were asked to write down their personal goals for the course. This was after I had gone over mine for the course (writing, speaking, etc.). I told him if they did not think about a goal, but were spurred by something I had said, they could use that.
On Tuesday, I handed them back the cards at the end of class (I left about 10 minutes for this, but some of them needed a bit more time and stayed to finish) and asked them to assess how they were achieving their goals on a sheet of paper. If they had any new goals based on what had happened thus far in the class, they should include that, too. I read them all and was impressed by how seriously they were taking the course and their development of skills and content. I, in turn, was able to write a response to their reflections about how I think they are doing and how they might improve. This has made me rethink the mid-term evaluation process, as well as evaluation of students in general.
Do any of you do something similar?