Your scores for the two batches of Castle Learning exercises that closed on Monday, June 3, are now on Infinite Campus. Here are the exercises and dates assigned:
Note: You will receive a copy of this post in class on Monday, April 1. We will read it together, and then I will go over it with you to make sure it is clear. We will not move on to our next unit until Tuesday.
For your portfolio to be graded, a few requirements had to be met: It needed to be organized according to the directions you were given; it needed to have printed copies of all revisions, plus originals; and it needed a submission sheet with all information filled in. If you worked in a group, you also needed to have a length revision history online that proved your collaboration over time, plus copies of any collaborative revision printed and submitted by each member.
Only 20% of you met these requirements. The rest of you are missing something critical, without which the portfolio can’t be graded. Some of you didn’t even submit a portfolio.
Before we talk about next steps, know this: I will do everything I can to prevent you from failing. I will give you another opportunity not to fail this assignment. That may be an example of the floating standard, but it’s where this kind of performance leaves us. I want you to learn something. Consider:
- We spent almost two months preparing for these portfolios.
- You had two weeks just devoted to revisions.
- To give you more time, the work on The Invisible Man was bumped during the week before spring break, and three of the original writing requirements were waived.
- You were required to get a progress report signed that indicated just how important this revision portfolio is.
It is unacceptable that so many of you did not finish; that so many of you submitted sloppy or lazy work, often done at the last second; that group work was not done online in the way it was required; that some of you couldn’t get that progress report signed, even with an extra week to do so; and most incredibly, that so many of you did not complete a submission sheet. Without that checklist, I don’t know if you are taking your original grade or asking for a revision to be scored. I don’t know if you worked in a group or alone. If you did work in a group, I don’t know whose original you revised.
And some of the group work is impossible to grade. One group tried to fake collaboration—as it typed everything on the very last day—by leaving a couple of comments and making some superficial edits to try to generate the required revision history. It didn’t work, because I actually looked at everything everyone produced. That group will probably hear from me directly; the rest of you, if you fall in this 80%, ought to have taken greater pride in your work. There is no real evidence of using the feedback or prescribed process to revise.