Date: Sep 3, 2001 12:43 AM
Author: C. McGinnis
Subject: Does effort count?
What does a grade in a class represent? Do issues like pen/pencil,
"effort" (however defined), homework completion, attendance, and the
like have a place in a students grade for a course?
This is an interesting question. I have always included marks for homework
and participation. It ranges from 5% to almost 50% depending on the class.
When behaviour or attendance is a strong issue ( for example in a behaviour
or LD class) the percentage is high. In a more academic setting the
percentage is lower.
Because of recent changes to the curriculum this is no longer allowed. I am
not supposed to take marks off for late assignments either. I feel like my
hands are tied. I find it hard sometimes to fail a student who tries so
hard but can quite seem to grasp the material.
I would be interested to know what others think.
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