Yeah, I'm probably supposed to flashblog about the perpetual wonders and infinite benefits of the innovative educator. However, some changes do not work out. Occasionally, the status quo turns out to be better. Certain novelties do not fit with reality.
I blogged earlier this year about my roller-coaster ride with assessments. Basically, my innovation was to transform written quizzes to oral-checkins. I tried three different rounds, once a week. On each occasion, I ran out of time with every class. It might work for somebody else, but not 20-22 students per class in a 48-minute period. I also tried tweaking my grading policy (still desperately hoping for standards-based grading in this district someday), but that didn't work out very well; that and my attempts to improve video formats were roundly critiqued in my year-end survey of students' opinions.
My new favorite cartoon: