Monday, March 08, 2010
Legally Blind Grading, Take 2: Do You Boost Student Grades For Exceptional Class Participation, And If So, Why?
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i don't bump for quantity, but do bump for when the student's comment is thoughtful *and* shows that she prepared for the class. i do it to incent preparation and participation, which are two activities that will serve the student well during her career.
Posted by: law teacher | Mar 8, 2010 9:55:48 AM
Most of my classes were subject to a half-grade bump for class participation. Different professors had different criteria for how they would measure whether the bump was earned, so I think there's ways of dealing with the logistical issues.
On retrospect, though, I think grades should have been subject to at least a full-grade bump. As I think back on my education, what I remember is not what blew past me in a stressful, crammed exam, but what we talked about in class. That type of engagement in learning should be incentivized because that's what's going to matter most in the long run -- but students might not realize it in time, especially if they have to be so focused only on the exams.
Posted by: Cathy | Mar 8, 2010 8:46:00 PM