The Writing Program's CEQ (better known as the student eval with
the bubble sheet) is not your only resource for assessment in the
classroom, though it is the only form of assessment required for
Here are some additional options.
Narrative assessments are best when gathered in a focus group
environment, so that students can tell their stories without
feeling that they
have space limitations, can compare and respond to each other's
experiences, can be prompted to speak by others' statements,
and so on. The Teaching Resource
Center will provide an experienced
facilitator to conduct such a session for you (they call it
Analysis Poll or TAP). TAPS do a terrific job of providing
specific, confidential information about how your students
in any particular semester. Ideally, TAPs should be scheduled
at mid-term (when there's still time to make changes), but
be done nearer the end of the semester.
An experienced teacher can see things that your students probably
can't, and can offer advice that wouldn't occur to students.
There are many possible teachers you could ask to observe
a Writing Program staffer, your advisor or another faculty
member, or any graduate instructor.
The Teaching Resource Center will also videotape your class
and review the tape with you if you ask.
You can compare your students' writing from the beginning
of the semester to the end of the semester, or ask
a Writing Program
to take a look at their final portfolios and offer
some sense of their strengths and weaknesses.