How do you respond to,"Is this for a grade?"

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  1. MrTempest

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    This is my least favorite thing to hear from students. Just wanted to hear what you guys have to say.
     
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  3. MrsC

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    "Yes. Everything counts."
     
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    Why?
    This puts them on the spot.
    What can they say? They plan on doing a terrible job because it "doesn't count".

    Then I explain that everything they do eventually counts toward their grade because their grade is based on their learning.
     
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    It doesn't come up in my classroom.

    From day 1, and throughout the year, I'm constantly teaching them that the grade itself isn't what matters (though obviously it is important in many cases), but rather the growth one is making: are they celebrating successes, and then grabbing onto those mistakes and learning from them so they don't repeat them?
     
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    I don't have that issue in first grade so my advice might be useless, but I would tell them yes for everything. I know personally if something wasn't for a grade and I knew it, why would I even bother? (High school me talking)
     
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    I fix this by having a small "participation grade". This amount to being worth less than 2% of their final grade (and I steal it from the homework category, which is already the "fluffy" category anyway), but they don't know that. I will tell them that while I am not grading the assignment directly, I will lower their participation grade if they don't put in their best effort into each assignment. This works for most.

    THAT SAID----if a kid can ace my test, I really don't care that much if they do my classwork practice----they demonstrate that they know what they are doing, and really don't need much practice!
     
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    Simple answer: yes
     
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    Yes. Accompanied by an incredulous look.
     
  10. kellzy

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    Maybe, maybe not. That's for me to know and you to find out, but it's to your advantage to do your best on it.
     
  11. otterpop

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    "Of course."

    I do tell them though, at the start of the year, that I will not grade everything but reserve the right to grade anything.
     
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    Also, I always have them turn it in (whether or not I intend to grade it) or at least put a check mark on their papers as I'm walking by.
     
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    I tell them everything from bookwork to quizzes to tests to projects to attitude count. Everything counts. I tell them that I’d hate to be them if they were in between grades and their bookwork was a mess and they did not submit all their assessments and they didn’t participate in class and their attitude sucked.
     
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    I channel my inner Snape with "Always."
     
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    I don’t always give points for class exercises, but my students know that if I see them not working they will lose participation points and I consistently deduct them if students slack off. Also, if I have to remind them more than once I say, “It wasn’t worth any points before, but it is now!” The groan this illicits from them is magic to my ears. :D
     
  16. SpecialPreskoo

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    "I'll let you know once everyone turns it in." LOL
     

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