If anyone’s out there, I would love your thoughts here. I’m in a new program that runs on 7-week sessions (I’m a little more used to semester-long programs). Students spend two sessions in each level before they (ideally) advance to the next level. They have to average a C in both sessions to move forward.
So, here’s what I’ve been struggling with: 7 weeks is short. Really short. I’m finding it very hard to figure out how to fit everything I want to teach into 7 weeks. That will come with time, I’m sure. Assessment, however, is plaguing me. The grades I give my students determine whether they advance in the program; therefore, these grades ought to be a fair representation of what my students have accomplished. But, how much can you accomplish in 7 weeks? And if you have one bad week, you’re in a bit of a pickle. One bad week in a semester is fine. One bad week out of seven could potentially ruin your grade.
I feel like I’ve been giving a LOT of assessment (homework, quizzes, tests, etc) so that a student’s entire grade won’t be determined by that one speaking presentation he bombed. But I also feel like I’m cramming in too much assessment into a seven-week period. Is there a balance? All this grading is wearing me out. Is there an answer to my question?
Any advice/thoughts are welcome.