My last teaching post was wrapping up the three courses (at the 100 level) that touched on literature whether as a composition or literature course. Today I’m going to tie together some thoughts on the third of the three composition level two classes that are taught at the community college level NC, (I’ve already covered ENG 112-Argument Based Research and ENG 113-Literature Based Research) ENG 114-Professional Writing and Reporting, along with some reflections on day two of UNCC Writing Project day two of Teacher Research week. (For my day one post check this post out).
One of our sessions today in the research week was to think about common core and the issue of assessment. The website I played around with is called Paper Rater. I entered one of my academic and published articles as well as a student essay. I won’t go into crazy detail about this, but my essay scored a 91 which is an A at most college level classes (another participant had the same result), and the student essay scored an 87 which would be a B in most college levels. These programs use math and look for certain patterns and such, but what about style, humor etc? The student essay is one that I gave an A to. A low A because of some grammatical issues, but definitely an A because it was a really well researched, and fun to read essay on LeBron James.
How do you feel about the possibility that your work, or the work of your children (family members etc) would be graded by a computer? How would a robograder work with a lot of the work that was completed in ENG-114 where we focused on professional writing. This class was in a computer classroom, and we decided to set it up as a service learning project. We collected tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, and used the charity as a way to write proposals, resumes etc. The students applied for jobs with the “charity,” and prepared persuasive PowerPoint presentations. This was a class about designing and presenting professional documents. Is there a robot for that yet?
I participated in a lot of great informal conversations about teaching and writing, and the teaching of writing. I really needed this week as I prepare to return to the classroom. I even started finalizing my lesson plans with Day 1 and Day 2 of one class almost complete. I have 28 more classes to go, and the other whole class to finalize plans for, but I really felt I made progress today. How do you grade that?
I will continue the teaching posts (maybe tied in with research week although tomorrow I may not have time to blog) with the next about the 200 (sophomore) level literature classes I taught and prepped. See you there.