Grading Across the Curriculum

Beyond Essay-Based Assignments

Grading Across the Curriculum

Marc Helgeson

Language Arts Teacher Rich Central High School, Illinois

"I'm looking to expand the ways that my students can demonstrate what they know or what they’ve learned and give them more ways to be successful in the classroom."

By expanding the creativity of his assignments, Mark Helgeson is using Turnitin as an evaluative tool for students who are more engaged—students who are analyzing concepts and applying what they learn to their own cultural and personal context.

Helgeson coordinates with other teachers within his department and across the curriculum to comprehensively improve student writing and provide meaningful feedback. “I'm looking to expand the ways that my students can demonstrate what they know or what they’ve learned and give them more ways to be successful in the classroom.” The interdisciplinary approach means improvement in student performance across the curriculum.

Feedback Studio also allows Helgeson to assign more creative assignments that engage students and help them synthesize information. “They've done fake Twitter conversations. They've done short stories, poems. They've created YouTube accounts where they've uploaded videos and you name it they have tried it this year. And it's been really fun to sit back and share and read and talk about. It's been really fun.”