In my EDU222 class, we are analyzing Special Education models. Last term I presented on three models, set up in-class discussions, and had students write a research-based essay analyzing the 3. This semester, I modified the cycle to include a variety of formative assessments and ended with an in-class debate and essay. Students were much more analytical in their approach and were much better able to form their own conclusions as to what Special Education Model is most effective and why. The final result was that student took more ownership over their learning. Critical thinking was much more evident.
Quantitative growth: Last semester class average on essay: 85%, This semester 93% Qualitative growth: Their essays were inclusive of more solid research, and students made up their own minds on the most effective Special Education model instead of going with the 'popular' answer.