May 07, 2003
It's amazing how motivated students get for a stamp on their papers! I have dozens of ink stamps. I stamp homework assignments and drafts of essays before they turn them in. Students need a stamp to get full credit. Late work needs to have the reason written on the top. If it's an excused absence, I check it and give them credit. Otherwise, they get half credit. Students really want to get a stamp on their papers, and it saves me time trying to figure out who was absent and when. Sometimes I stamp the papers, and then go over the answers in class. Students can write in the answers then, but only get 1/2 credit if the stamp is missing, indicating that they didn't complete the work on time. I then score it credit/half credit/no credit since I gave them the answers. Much less grading for me!