It’s quarter to nine on a Tuesday night. I’m deep into my fourth cup of “lemon zinger” tea and I can feel an unknown sickness creeping into my bones, but at the moment I am down-right content as I have just finished my first ever set of “audio comments” for my entire 8th grade class.
When I drag them all in to iTunes I’m told they total up to over two hours of dialogue. I’m struck with delight and horror simultaneously! It gets me wondering… when I write my comments on a rubric or paper, does it take me just as long? Maybe, maybe not, but just re-listening to one audio file tells me I’m getting more bang for my buck. It would’ve taken me a solid five or more minutes to write the intricate explanations I’m providing to students orally regarding lab write-up nuances, density’s relationship to an objects composition, and how double checking the rubric before handing in an assignment next time will surely earn them a higher grade.
I’m already thinking of ways to improve this system next time to cut the comment time down without sacrificing the value. Perhaps some pre-made comments for the statements I repeated over and over again? The real question… how will the students react to the new format?
If I put them on the school’s iPods for review they’ll have no choice but to listen…
… and that beats writing all those notes and comments, only to watch them stuff the paper deep in their binder without a blink, never to be seen again!