Oh well, it’s been a long time since my last post.
I got through weeks 2 and 3; we’re starting week 4 tomorrow.
So far, I’ve been sticking to the same feedback activity every lesson. Last semester, I’ve tried different kinds of feedback and ended up with using the combination of self-reflective and peer feedback followed by setting a goal for the next discussion this semester.
All students set realistic and appropriate goals based on their performance – it’s good! However, not all of them (I’d say few of them) manage to achieve their goals. Probably I have to promote it more and push them harder…
Anyway, I decided to focus on goal-setting for my semester project (which is a teaching journal this time). Rather than focusing on achieving individual goals, I decided to promote so-called class goals (to create some sense of unity, I guess?). At the end of every lesson, we’ll choose a class goal for the next lesson. At the beginning of the next lesson, I’ll put this goal on the board and announce it. At the end of the lesson, I’ll ask students if they think they achieved it or not. If yes, then ‘yay!’ and a new goal. If not, then ‘ouch…’ and the goal remains the same.
Focusing on individual goals would be interesting as well but in this case, I’d like to do some questionnaires as well (progress, etc.) – make it deeper, in other words. So for now, I decided to start with a smaller project. I’ll see how it goes.