Monday, June 05, 2006

End Of The Year Grade-Raising

It's that time of year again. "Can you give me (insert higher grade here)?" I hear war stories about this all the time, but fortunately I don't feel pressured to deal with that question. Maybe I'm asked that question as much as other teachers and I just say "no" and that's the end or it, or maybe I have trained my students not even to try. Whatever, it's not a problem for me.

And for this I'm thankful.

Want to read about people for whom it is a problem? Go read this post at Buckhorn Road (see blogroll at left).


George said...

Your key point is that you've trained your students not to ask. Training them is key. I must admit I'm weak when it comes to this. I don't give in, or am cowed by parents, but find that sometimes students need an incentive.

I think part of my problem is that the grading calculation process is not that clear. They generally know how much categories are worth. Students also do not do a good job of calculating their points.

Do you teach Seniors or 8th graders?

Rambling comment, interesting blog.


Lillian said...

My grades are due on Friday, and already many of my students are asking me if they can do 'extra credit'.
They really think that a couple days of extra credit work will make up for the 39 weeks they've done NOTHING!!
I teach Basic Comprehension Skills/Reading & Writing skills to 6th-7th-8th grade students who fall in the Basic, Below Basic, and Far Below Basic categories on their State tests.
The reason they don't COMPREHEND is because they just don't get it!
Not at all!
But by Friday they will COMPREHEND that their grades will remain unchanged.

rightwingprof said...

Because we have MBAs teaching for us, our class is a strict point system. Instructors have absolutely no discretion and cannot assign any extra credit other than is offered to everyone, regardless of who their teacher is. We submit out gradebooks, and the coordinator assigns letter grades based on a strict 90-80-70-60 scale -- and I do mean strict, as in no, if you get 89.4%, you get a B+ not an A- -- then returns our gradebooks with letter grades so we can report them.

All assignments are graded by program. There is therefore no discretion when it comes to grading.