March 31, 2004
Like many teachers, I really hate the disruption caused when students are absent the day of a test and have to make-up a test later. So I use this incentive: I either include two bonus questions, or allow the students to cross off as many as two questions (for free credit) depending on the test. The catch is, if the student is in class the day of the test, he gets to try one bonus; if every student in the class is present and takes the test on the day it is scheduled, everyone gets two bonus tries. Make-up tests don't get any bonus tries. I make it clear from the beginning that there are no exceptions. If a student is really ill, or has a really good excuse, it still counts as an absence. This cuts down on the number of make-up tests for many of my classes.