I've just finished reading midterms for my 1101 class. They have been so honest and insightful. For the most part I now have a very clear picture of their experience in class so far, where they are with their understanding of literacy, and how they see all of the moving pieces (daybook, blogs, projects, readings) of the class working.
They have also given me some great suggestions about the second half of the semester. I have to admit, these are my favorite part, because it lets me know which things seem like valuable use of class time and which things do not, in a way that wouldn't happen if I simply asked "Do you think time to write in class is useful?" "How can our class help you going forward?" is much more difficult (at least I think so) to answer in a way that the teacher wants to hear.
Here's what I've jotted down in my daybook based on what they've said:
1) Allow students choose their own readings and topics for blog posts/
2) Allow students to choose topics for blog posts
3) More free-writing in class
4) Talk about form, purpose and audience in connection with ethnography projects
5) Work with interview questions
6) Work with the idea of artifacts
7) Focused writing time on ethnography in class.
Coming right up oh brilliant students of mine!
This list alone makes me feel like we have had a very solid midterm exam experience.