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Grading Group Work

Christine Harrington Professor, Psychology and Student Success - Middlesex County College Group projects are a great way to promote the development of many important skills while allowing students the opportunity to dive deeper into course content. However, I’m sure I’m not alone in my struggle to figure out the best way to grade group work. Over the course of the past fifteen years, I have been continually asking myself whether I should use group grades, individual grades, or a combination of both. I also wonder about whether group members should be active participants in this process. Does it have to be graded? The first question we need to ask is whether the group work must be gra

Unleashing the Power of Curiosity

Frank V. Kowalski, Professor of Physics Colorado School of Mines AND Susan E. Kowalski, Research Associate Colorado School of Mines These are exciting times for anyone interested in “applying evidence-based strategies to enrich student learning” – the motto on the banner of this blog. Gifted teachers have always had a sixth sense about what works well (or not so well) in their classroom – the looks in the eyes of students, the quality of the discussion generated, the restlessness of the students, etc., all guide that evaluation. However, this conclusion about what works isn’t always easy to quantify and to support with clear, unequivocal data. But rather than just try to show the effi

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