Another approach to grading homework without headaches is including homework in a grade that reflects attitude, participation, and effort. Students might start each quarter with a "100." Points can be deducted from that grade when students are late, when they fail to bring materials or hand in homework, show poor cooperation and/or attitude... You will want to create a classroom rating scale that might include
The important thing is that students should understand the rating scale in advance; that way, they will know the things you consider to be important enough to impact their "100." Students might even get involved by coming up with the plus- and minus-point system. Of course, it is conceivable that a student would end up with a grade that exceeds 100.
Article by Cara Bafile
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