We had a great class today. I was thinking about my friend Matt’s puzzlement at how I “teach” – what is it that I’m “doing” when you are working on a project in class that doesn’t require me to be in the room with you? What I think I’m doing is creating space for student learning. 🙂 Am I delusional?
I’m writing this with an intended audience in my mind: “my” (!) students (they’re becoming co-researchers, so the possessive sounds more awkward even than usual).
The activity was for you to do peer grading. The skill I imagine you were developing was awareness of your own procedural knowledge and its practical application. Our discussion at the end raised the kinds of questions that – I hope! – will help you figure out which kind of knowing you were utilizing (“separate” or “connected”), and if some of the difficulty you had in determining whether your peer had provided a suitable answer or not might have been because of a difference in structures of knowing.
For instance, if you’re a mainly separate knower reading a mainly connected knower’s paper – did you evaluate them based on the difference between you or on the actual content or meaning of their response?
To illustrate the connection, let me categorize how I think your comments about the process (which we could call feedback to me) also discloses information about you by revealing some “data” about your own epistemology.
I don’t have the authority to do this.
I still don’t completely understand it myself. Implication: Therefore I’m unqualifed/unable to evaluate.
Their answers taught me.
What if their answer isn’t exact? separate knowing?
What is the basis for comparison – my own understanding (what I think I know), or the template provided as a guide? connected knowing?
I just matched things up; that seemed to be the most fair. separate knowing?
I’m not sure of my own understanding. Implication: I have to factor this into my feedback.
I keep thinking about what I wrote, and if I was wrong, then my feedback was more harsh.
Some of the points seemed irrelevant, I had to re-read because how they said it is not how I would ever see it. separate knowing?