>Today was the last of four consecutive class periods dedicated to oral assessments in my Theoretical Mechanics course. I’ve written about these assessments before. After that last post some of my tweeps said they’d love to see some of the assessments in action. I asked the students if it would be ok if I video taped (that’s such an anachronistic phrase, what’s the modern version?) the class and they gave me the thumbs up. Below are a couple videos from today.
In both I start the clip after the student has finished working the problem. This is when the whole class has a conversation about how to assess the work.
In the one above the student was asked to show the steps necessary to determine the motion of a double pendulum when the first rod is replaced by a spring. He got a little hung up on the potential energy but eventually got it all down. The students and I decided it was a 3 (meets expectations) but it was interesting to hear the debate about whether it was a 4 (exceeds expectations). That’s when I introduced the concept that I brag to my colleagues about any 4′s that ever happen. I say pretty bluntly that I wouldn’t brag about that performance.
Here it’s neat to hear the students making the case that this is a 4. And, true to my word, I bragged about this one to my colleagues later in the day.
I really like how open the class is about these assessments. They’re honest with each other and they’re very thoughtful about their comments. This class has sure been a lot of fun so far.