You recognize the signs.You're holding office hours after handing out problem sets or exams you've graded. A student walks in holding the recently returned effort, looking confused, upset, and possibly annoyed. It's going to be one of those conversations.
With this ENGAGE Engineering Faculty-Student Interaction (FSI) tip, you can set grading expectations up front, avoid lengthy explanations for grades, and encourage students to persist with specific feedback and suggested improvements.
Why take the time to develop a grading rubric? You'll find it easier to:
- Communicate expectations and quality standards in advance
- Get a clearer picture of student strengths and weaknesses
- Offer focused feedback and encouragement
- Work with your TAs to maintain grading consistency
Your students will benefit in a variety of ways. They'll be able to:
- More effectively plan and monitor their work
- Make realistic judgments about the quality of their work
- Focus on learning instead of simply completing tasks
ENGAGE Engineering offers a full slate of more quick and easy-to-use Faculty-Student Interactions tips that have a powerful impact on student motivation, their perceived ability to succeed, and ultimately on performance and persistence.
Take a look and see how you might incorporate one or more into your teaching.