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Notes from Podcast #132


Podcast # 133 / Good Feedback on Student Work
Podcast # 134 / Coordinating Class Assignments to Manage Your Workload
Podcast # 135 / Grade Appeals and Managing Your Grade Book

Student Caring Moment

Situation: A student, who was doing well along the way, toward the end of the term is failing your class. The next semester they are on the edge of academic probation. After a confidential meeting, you learn that they are experiencing significant difficulties in their personal life that are causing their grades to drop. You are charged with the task of helping them.

Our opinions:

  • Connect with them on a human level. Take the time to really listen to your student before offering advice about their next steps.
  • Investigate the possibility of a medical withdrawal if your university offers one.
  • Consider giving them an incomplete grade, but weigh that with your workload.

Tips for more efficient grading.

  • One of Daniel’s colleagues discovered a feature in the popular  Turn It In dot Comtii-logo service that reveals if your student has read your grading comments or not.
  • Only one-third of the students were looking at the comments.
  • Self talk: Is there anything we are doing that’s encouraging this behavior?
  • When students see a large amount of comments they are overwhelmed and don’t know how to process it. This is not helpful to the student.
  • It may be more efficient for you to give the student 2 or 3 things that you would like them to concentrate on.
  • This is a teaching strategy that moves away from direction and correction toward evaluation, coaching, and encouraging.


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