A Valuable Classroom Assessment Technique for College Instructors
I realized that I have made no less than three references to this concept without explaining it.
Here is the explanation that I have owed you.
Angelo and Cross, in their book Classroom Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Teachers (see References page), describe what they call the Minute Paper. While many authors cite their work, I honestly don’t know if they were the first to write about this assessment tool. They may have been. The Minute Paper has been I have adopted by thousands, make that millions, of teachers under a variety of names like One Minute Paper, One-Minute Paper, 1 Minute Paper, and Fred. Okay, I am kidding about “Fred,” but there are a lot of free spirited, nonconformist instructors, so it may have happened. “Students, before you leave take out a blank sheet of paper. I want you to do a Fred.” I wonder how many students would return for the next class. Anyway, I prefer the term One Minute Paper (OMP), and that will be my default nomenclature.