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Point loans

I have a couple of kids who came into my class this year with a huge deficit. They had to make it up, and a large number of them did. (One of my students was failing horribly, about 20% on his tests or so, for the first month). A lot of them have put in a huge effort, and managed to get back on level. A couple of those are just a percentage point or two short of where I’d like them to be.

Ordinarily, in the past, I’d give them a point for effort, but this time around, I decided to make a bigger deal out of it.

I’m letting them (qualified students only) borrow a point or two to bring their grade up this semester. They need to make it up to me next semester, by getting a correspondingly higher score to match that grade.

I’ll probably still waffle a bit, but it’s looking like this is a good way to keep the effort those kids have been making as high as possible

{ 5 } Comments

  1. Sam Shah | February 4, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    And this is why I’ll never unsubscribe to your blog, no matter how infrequently you may post. You get me thinking outside the box. This is another example of that.
    -Sam

  2. Mr. K | February 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve actually been meaning to drop more ideas. Some of them are pretty pedantic, but the reflection will be good for me. Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Christy | February 6, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    What a creative way to deal with grading for special situations with students. I am sure this will get some major buy in from the student who takes out a loan. They will feel like you are giving them the benefit of a doubt- yet are holding them accountable for their learning at the same time. I might have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sarah Cannon | February 6, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Permalink

    Ditto Sam. Even if I’m not teaching presently. You’re still in my first folder in my reader.

  5. Michiele | February 8, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Permalink

    This is very interesting. I think I will try this. I have a couple of students who are on the edge, failing. I do not want to “give” them the grade, so this gives them the grade, but makes sure they understand they will have to make it up in the coming semester.