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RE: Partial credit.
Posted:
Apr 29, 2007 9:55 PM


Isn't this a humbling time of the year?
I realized a while back that it might have been possible for a student to pass my classes without ever getting a single problem compeltely correct. So now I give NO partial credit whatsoever. I give back up to 50% of the points missed to students who submit corrections along with an analysis of what mistakes they made on each problem. I only do this if students have a 100% on their hoemwork grade for the chapter. If they have x% (where x<100) then they get back 50% of x times the number of points they correct. I always put the 2 most missed problems onthe next test (so it is to their advantage to really understand what they did wrong). I think it has made a huge difference. I don't have any higher pass rate, but they seem to realize that a mistake is a mistake, and they don't argue with me about my taking off too many points for a "little" error. Lillian Seese SLCC Meramec
Original Message From: ownermathedcc@mathforum.org To: mathedcc@mathforum.org Sent: 4/29/2007 3:34 PM Subject: RE: Partial credit.
I am also sooooooo tired of partial credit. So tired, that after grading many many assignments and tests this semester in Calc 2, I have decided to do what I swore I wouldn't ever do, give a multiple choice final. I have, however, not included "none of the above." I just know myself and if I see all the work, and they make a small error, I will be so tempted to give them partial credit. Most of my students are Engineering majors, and I told them "You want partial credit? Go watch Modern Engineering disasters on the History channel. There reaches a time, when you have to get the problems correct."
Joni
Joan Kessler, NBCT (Bookbinder) Mathematics Department College Academy @ Broward Community College 3501 SW Davie Road Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314 Phone: (754) 3216900 x 2012
or joan@distancemath.com
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