While I’m not completely restructuring my grading policy, I am providing an opportunity for students to take risks without fear of harming their grades (the old GPA concern). Since this is a common concern from students and parents, I’ve thought quite a bit about how to allow students to experiment, to take risks, without fear of losing a grade.
This new policy (listed below) should also change the motivation for doing an assignment. The points essentially don’t matter, but the learning does. Instead of students asking about how many points an assignment is worth, they could start asking what skills need to be shown or what learning must be demonstrated. Continue reading