January 12, 2014

What's your policy on Extra Credit?

It's finally here....finals are next week! Our school offers accelerated courses [we do a whole school year's worth of work in a semester] and so I'm finishing up a "school year" next week and will get a whole new set of kids in February.

So of course I've got a bunch of parents and kids asking for extra credit because they want an A...uh, maybe you should have done your work all semester??

As for extra credit: I put bonus questions on every quiz and offer a few others along the way. But I don't think I should have to offer extra credit at the end of the semester for kids who NEVER do their work, and want an A.


What your policy on Extra Credit??

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  1. Absolutely agree! I do not offer additional extra credit for that very reason. The students need to be held accountable all school year and should be taking advantage of the extras as they come.

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    1. Exactly! Especially the kids that don't even try to answer the bonus questions or don't do the other ones...why should I do one RIGHT before grades just because you chose not to do the others??

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  2. I agree! The only other way my students get extra credit is by turning in unused bathroom passes. I've also seen teachers offer extra credit to any student who has turned in every assignment. This way, it can raise a grade but doesn't give a free pass to simply not do an assignment.

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    1. I am thinking of collecting their unused homework passes [they get 2 for the "year"]...

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  3. My standing policy on extra credit of any kind is that you cannot have any zeros in the grade book.

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    1. Oooo, interesting. It's usually the kids with zeros that need it ;)

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  4. I teach 7th grade, so I'm a bit more lenient than I would be if I taught high school. That said, I put bonus questions on tests and quizzes, I curve tests (when I can), and I give extra credit opportunities throughout the semester (they can turn in an electronics pass or homework pass for a "freebie"); I also drop the lowest average grade for each of my classes at the end of each marking period if the class, as a whole, will benefit from it.

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    1. I agree. If the whole class did poorly on a test, I'll drop the overall points of the test. Ex: a test worth 50 becomes out of 48. I try to help when I can...

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  5. We do a version of standards-referenced grading so there is ZERO extra credit opportunities. They are, however, allowed to redo assignments & assessments after much more practice to increase their score. The last day to hand in/redo work was Friday and all we have left is the semester final! Praise be!

    SO jealous you get new kids. We have the same kids, but we teach a new content (chemistry!).

    xo

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    1. Oh interesting that you have same kids but new content. The thing too is that I let them re-write the first essay too for a completely higher grade...not even an average! Starts to get annoying :/

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  6. Agreed! I am not a fan of extra credit... if you didn't know/do it the first time, why will you do it with A+ accuracy now?! Good luck with that...always a sticky subject with students and parents!

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  7. Teaching in Australia our marking system is different, a 'teacher judgement' more than a mathematical calculation of scores, and I teach Grade 7 and 8s, so my system may not apply anyway. I have had problems in the past with students doing 'extra credit' close to marking time because it often is clear that the work they pass in is not their own (they have often got lots of 'help' from parents). Explaining this to parents, who are often the ones pushing for the extra grade, is just a too-difficult conversation for me! I give non-compulsory homework options through the year (persuasive writing topics, book reports for independent reading etc), and when students occasionally ask for 'extension' work, I point them to that. I clearly outline this policy at the beginning of the year and when I get any calls from parents, and so I do not tend to have the week-to-go discussions come up. The exception for this is when I have students who are, in my judgement, 'borderline' between two grades, and I will give them an extra assignment with about two weeks to go, explain to them that they need to do well on it if they want the higher assessment, and leave it up to them whether they complete it or not.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I do try to help those students on the bubble...by allowing them to do some assignments they have missed. I don't want to just let them slack off and then provide extra credit opportunities.

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  8. Amen, sister! I don't give extra credit in accelerated courses at all-- unless, of course, it's something like a bonus question here or there. In regular-level courses, I only give extra credit if there are no 0s in my grade book-- and I love giving a lecture about the meaning of the word "extra" when a slacker asks for extra credit.

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    1. I agree with the bonus questions :) I agree with your lecture to the slackers! lol

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  9. Just had this happen with two of my students yesterday as the grading period ends Friday. I, too, offer little things throughout the grading period here and there. I allow them to make up any assignments with a zero for half credit (still failing but at least some points).. IF the assignment will help their grade (not worth a small amount of points)..I don't ask them for it again-it's up to them to turn it in completed. Chances are they won't, but when questioned by a parent, I'll be able to share the "missed opportunity" that I gave the student. Love your blog, by the way!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I help those on the bubble too :)

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  10. Generally, I have kids who are not performing up to standard because they are either anxious, lazy, forgetful, ADHD, or everything combined. Extra Credit is largely situational for me and case by case. Sometimes, I will give the kids about 2-3 weeks to turn in past due assignments for the same amount of credit, but after the quarter, I just can't give them more time. I'm actually dreading a mom who is literally an aggressive bull dog and will go after any teacher who doesn't give her special snowflake extra time + extra copies + grade alteration and my director doesn't like to say no or make anyone angry so.... Her son, a Senior, earned a 40% on his final because he fooled around last week while the other students were preparing their notecard for the final and studying the vocabulary. But I know that she will come back and ask for extra credit to get his grade up. He hasn't turned in assignments from the middle of December and she will want me to accept those as well. UGH!! I don't even want to deal with her or extra credit. He should have done what he needed to do during the last 3 1/2 months. I feel you!

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    1. My late policy is that I won't accept anything that is a week past its deadline. So assignments that are due Wednesday and aren't turned in have until the next Wednesday to get back to me for partial credit. After a week I just don't want to grade that work anymore...also, I think there is no way a student should be able to slack off all semester just to turn in all the missing assignments the last day of school and pass.

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