Now that August has officially arrived, it is time to start thinking about heading back to school. Who am I kidding? Do most of us EVER stop thinking about school?
Our class lists have become available on our online grading program. I may have been checking obsessively. While I realize that changes are going to happen, I have mixed feelings about mine. This year, as of now, I will have 191 students. I have one class of 17 students, one of 19 students, and five that are 30+.
On the one hand, I am thrilled that so many students are choosing to take Spanish. On the other hand, I am completely and totally overwhelmed by the size of my classes and that total number of students.
My biggest concern is how to manage performance-based assessments with that many students? How do I give feedback that is both timely and specific to that many students? Even using a streamlined process, I feel like I am going to be spending every waking minute grading assessments.
I’m not overly worried about managing quizzes. I primarily use an adaptation of Amy Lenord’s progressive quiz, and I feel like I can handle that grading. However, typically I give at least two summative performance-based assessments per unit, usually interpersonal speaking (which students record) and presentational writing. I don’t think that I can continue to do that with the number of students I am going to have this academic year.
Right now, I am thinking of just doing one summative assessmet per unit; I would decide on which mode depending on the unit. I’d appreciate any comments/suggestions on how others handle performance-based assessment with large numbers of students.