Originally Posted by Mathemagician
Not weird at all. I don't give one either, and we DON'T have a citizenship grade. I feel things like participation grades only help to inflate grades. I barely like giving a "good boy-good girl" grade for completing HW, but I do it because I'm required.
I also don't like participation grades in high school. If the grade is completely based on discussion, I would be more ok with it but still wouldn't like it too much because of the quiet kids. (Maybe I'm still bitter that I had a 90 average in my US History class but was bumped down to an 89 for not participating.
) But I understand that some courses require discussion so it makes sense. I really don't like participation grades that reward things like coming to class on time, having all of your materials, listening when your classmates speak, staying on task, etc. These are all aspects of participation, but I feel like they should all be expected, not graded at the high school level.