I love using technology in my classroom. When I first considered using it, my thought was, oh the trees I would save because I wouldn’t have 7,000 worksheets/papers/notebooks, etc. to plow through. I can do quizzes and tests online and give alternate assessments that won’t require filling out pieces of paper. No more “bleeding papers” for the kids. It would be great! It has been better than great.
We’re in the midst of our Space Exploration Vehicle Project and there are (heaven forbid) worksheets! I will be going around the class looking at the sheets, giving comments and grading them. I’ll need my red ink pen.
One problem. I can’t find my red ink pens.
I frantically looked through my pencil box for one. I looked in my desk, my computer bag, my purse, the junk drawer at my lab bench, EVERYWHERE! I have no red ink pens! I’m not sure how I feel about this.
There is a part of me that likes the fact that I have found new ways to assess my students understanding of the material that doesn’t involved them groaning at all the red marks that might end up on their papers. Yet, somehow, I miss it. I miss my red ink pen, quiet music playing and a desk covered with stacks of papers waiting to be graded.
I’ll have to borrow a red ink pen from someone today.
How do you assess students and do you still use the dreaded red ink pen?