February 25, 2004
We started a new grading policy this year. We give 80% for academic grades and 20% for productivity. Academic grades include those assignments that are tests, quizzes, and projects. Productivity grades include getting homework in on time and also quality of work. I've found this quarter that I needed to impose a deadline (the date the assignment is due) and an absolute deadline (the date that I would no longer accept the work). On the deadline date, I can give productivity points, usually 5 for getting the work in on time. I still take the work for full credit until the absolute deadline, but the students have already lost the productivity points. I have fewer assignments that are turned in late now that they have the absolute deadline to shoot for, and I'm not stressed at the end of the quarter getting in lots of late work. This new grading policy seems to be working!