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Nov 6, 2023Liked by Robert Talbert

Useful article, as usual. Thanks!

One other practice I've found helpful is having a mid-term reflection week (inspired by Susan Blum in this Chronicle article: https://www.chronicle.com/article/grades-can-hinder-learning-what-should-professors-use-instead/)

So, in place of lab last week, I met with each student individually on a video call after they completed a reflection document. This has two big snowball-mitigating effects: (1) no new content for a week and (2) a clear time in the semester when certain learning targets need to be reached.

But how did I find a whole extra week? Pillar #1 (writing clear standards) helped me eliminate a fair bit of superfluous material in my course.

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