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