I need as much suggestions as possible. I just started recently at this school as a middle school Science teacher. Because of the large number of students (30 per class), and I teach 4 sections each of this grade, I have to personally take time to get to know each student on an individual basis.
So for one of the assessment, I had given the ownership of developing, designing and implementing Science projects related to Environmental literacy. As much as it was time consuming, the ideas were generated quickly and for students, it took time. With the instant feedback given by my presence as a mentor and a guide, the students were asked to submit and present 'individually' with the whole class as their audience.
However, I feel that my idea of assessing students on projects individually is very time consuming in the sense, that firstly,
- it took many time periods per week.
- some students who brought presentation on Powerpoint slides had problems with their USB flash drives, and automatic clearing of data owing to viruses etc.
Now I am compelled to accept the remaining students' works and grade them without having them to present in class. Alternatively I am thinking of asking them to present to small, various groups in classes. I do worry that I shouldn't have asked for individual presentations given the large number of students. But I really wanted to assess how much strength and confidence they have garnered in the whole process.
On a positive note, it helped me to understand the cognitive development of each learner and their aspirations, willingness to contribute to projects' learning. On the negative side, the time factor is something that I don't feel positive about. I now think in retrospective, small teams of 3-4 members or 5-6 members should have been kept as the criteria.
What do you all recommend?