Elsewhere I have written about my assessment system. Since the beginning, I have believed that student accountability is an essential aspect of successful flipping -- otherwise you're just asking them to watch a movie sometimes. Bergmann and Sams inspired the first versions of this system in Flip Your Classroom, and it has done a decent job for identifying and encouraging students' understanding. After 2 years of basically doing the same thing, however, I must acknowledge some pros and cons:
- If I score each answer on a 4-point scale, then students can earn up to 100% at any time. Someday later they could improve a "1" or "2" point response into a "3" or "4" by adding detail or connective reasoning. That seems like a better assessment of comprehension, and it will allow them to achieve mastery with a score that reflects it.
- I'm a bit nervous about squeezing all 20-22 students into a single class period. However, I don't think I will miss the complicated process of preparing and collecting quiz folders, finding another place for some students to take the quiz, waiting awkwardly for the last ones to finish writing....
- Now I can give instant feedback on these quizzes. If students need to improve 1 or more answers, then I can prompt them right away to prepare tonight. Also I can think of many better ways to spend that 1 or 2 hours, like preparing future instruction!
Let's see what happens tomorrow!