I've been teaching middle school math for a couple of years. This year I'm picking up a new prep, Math Matters, which is for kids who need extra help. They still are in regular prealgebra as well. I am trying to figure out how to structure the class, and how to grade it. Do I give homework over and above what they are getting in their regular class? How do I assess - do I give separate tests? I really would want to grade partly for effort in this class, but that is so hard to quantify! I am actually excited about this because I find it so satisfying when the kids who had been struggling start getting it. I'm just having trouble with the details! Has anyone else ever taught a class like this, and have any advice for me? Thanks!