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Mercy Moment Extra Credit


May 08, 2009

I don't give true extra credit. I give each student two Mercy Moments at the beginning of the semester. These gifts can be used as a pass to turn in an assignment one day late with no penalty or as a pass to retake a test or quiz. If students never need to use them, they trade them in at the end of the semester for points on low test grades or as a pass to not complete exam review (only if exempt from final exam). Students love the Mercy Moments; they have a little cushion if they need it, but they also have an incentive to try not to use them. This program is also good leverage with parents. When they ask if I give extra credit, I explain the concept of the Mercy Moment.

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