Monday, January 28, 2013

Short answer essays?

When I was in University, I took a philosophy class. I loved Philosophy. If I could have made a career out of majoring in it, I may have.

One day my professor told us about a student who answered a One Word final exam question in Philosophy with a two word answer.


Why not?

This story has stuck with me for over ten years now.

Would you accept a short answer when expecting a long detailed reply?

What about if you asked you students to write a short story?

How short is too short?

How long is too long?

I figure this is why we all use variations of rubrics so students know what we expect to come onto our desks so they get full marks.

Otherwise, we may end up receiving THIS:

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