Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Confidence in conferencing

Reflect on the college essay conferences. How did it go? What was the purpose behind it? (just less grading for me?) what did you get out of it? How will you apply your experience of deciding your grade to the remainder of your senior year?


Blogger chrisg said...

I thought the experience was very unusual. I think it was very hard, but went pretty well. The purpose behind it was to make adult decisions. It teaches us responsibility, and how to make tough decisions. This could help us make decisions from where to go to college to how to act when representing our school.

September 20, 2006 4:16 PM  
Blogger Amy K said...

I really liked going in to conference about my college essay. I hated my paper and wanted to change the entire thing before sending it to schools and I left with a better understanding/idea of what was going to be the best for my paper. I learned a lot through this experience, actually writing my paper especially, and then having to give myself a grade on what feels like a part of me was difficult but a good tool to use.

September 20, 2006 5:56 PM  
Blogger hannahm said...

I liked the conferences over all but I had a hard time grading myself. I sometimes am hard on myself and really want to know what you thought of it. I did like the pier edit to get an outside point of view and the comments from you, but I didn’t know how to make it better on my own.

September 20, 2006 6:29 PM  
Blogger Kurt W. said...

I enjoyed the conference quite a bit. I liked the self evaluation. It was tough to give myself a grade, I really liked my paper, but I did not want to give my paper a grade it did not deserve. I think that we held the conferences because we need to start judging ourselves and our work as untainted as we can.

September 20, 2006 8:03 PM  
Blogger AmyB said...

This is Katie Amsberry. I really liked it because you could give yourself the grade you thought you deserved. And we are all at the age where we can be honest, and we know how much work we put into it. It was neat to get to be teacher for once.

September 21, 2006 10:58 AM  
Blogger Haley C said...

I thought the confrence was a little bit weird because I had to decide what my grade was. However i liked it because I knew it was one of my better papers and i thought i deserved what i got on it. It was also nice to see the huge improvment from each draft to the final one.

September 21, 2006 12:50 PM  
Blogger Mark C said...

I did not like deciding my own grade because IT MADE ME THINK (which is really a good thing). It was very difficult for me to choose what I deserved because I liked my paper, but know I could have put more work into it. I remember last year where Ms. Kakos had us also grade our paper. That was much harder the first time, but now I was a little more used to it and was able to give myself a grade.

September 21, 2006 4:03 PM  
Blogger AmyB said...

I have mixed feelings about the conferencing. I think it was a really good idea to be able to talk to her about the paper, and be able to let her know your feelings, and what you put into the paper, without her just assigning a grade. At the same time i was unsure about giving myself a grade, i know what i deserved and i felt a little weird telling Smith to just give me that grade, i would of liked it if she would of had a little bit more input as to the grading process, or what she thought i deserved, maybe she would say what grade she thinks i desereve and i would tell her what grade i would give myself, then we would come to an equal medium or something. But other than that i really liked having the conference with her because now i know what i need to do for the future.

September 23, 2006 2:57 PM  
Blogger levik said...

The conference for the college essay was interesting. I think the purpose was to get an insight about what a teacher looks at when grading our papers. It is not easy grading a paper. It made me realize that a grade should be based on if you learned something and put forth an effort to change the mistakes made the first time around. I think the whole point was to keep improving on our writing.

September 24, 2006 2:43 PM  
Blogger Scott M said...

I didn't really like how we were able to grade ourselves since I had never done it before. I didn't really have an idea on what to grade myself on. I like it more when teachers grade papers because they know what they are looking for in the assignment. Although the college essay was a good paper to try it on since what was in it was completely up to us anyway. I don't think I would want to do it again because I think I am harder on myself then teachers are.

September 24, 2006 3:54 PM  
Blogger jeffg said...

I think that the conferences were very helpful. I always find it constructive to sit down and criticize your paper with a teacher. Also, it is nice to talk to the teacher about the comments she proposes so that you can better understand what needs improvements. I think that it was hard to grade my own essay, simply because you feel guilty if you give yourself a high grade, but then you feel cheated if you give yourself a low grade. The pressure was really applied and it made me really have to think. I think that the best part of the conference was when she asked you why you think you deserve that grade. You really had to think about your grade and know why you picked it in order to pass the "test." Also, I think that this experience will help us in all of our classes. Remembering this experience, I think that it will be easier to see the teacher's point of view when receiving a grade on an assignment. Also, I think that it will be helpful for us when we self-edit our papers. I think that it will really make us think again, and we will be forced to be honest about our effort and final product. Hopefully, this will force us to really think about what we deserve before we turn in our assignments.

September 24, 2006 8:06 PM  
Blogger melissa b said...

I think the conferencing was different. I liked how we were able to talk about what our strengths and weaknesses were. But would have liked Smith's opinion also. Going off your thinking is hard and rough. You don't want to give yourself the A becasue you want a good grade but then you do not want to give yourself a bad grade because that will not be good. Actually breaking down the paper and grading each section is hard.
I think that this experience will help us in life and with other classes. With self editing we will actually think about it and not just do it. When assignments are handed back we will look at the work and break it down why we recieved that grade. It well help us always do our best and think about the effort and time we put into something!

September 24, 2006 8:47 PM  

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