- If I don't grade homework, students won't do it.
- If I don't penalize late work by taking points off or putting zeros in the gradebook, I'll end up with a ton of last minute assignments to mark at the end of the quarter.
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- If I let students retake tests, I'll spend all my time giving and grading tests.
- This type of grading is too different for kids to understand.
- This type of grading is more time-consuming and difficult than "traditional" practices.
So, there you have it. Jump on into this pool of best practices in grading. I'm telling you, the water is not shark-infested and you won't end up with swimmer's itch, but you will find your classroom a soothing environment.
Update: If you've reached this post from a search engine, you can access all standards-based grading information for this blog (and there's quite a bit) by clicking on the grading label. It's greatly appreciated if you would leave a comment as you look around! Also, I am available for presentations and workshops if you need more resources and information on best practices in grading. Contact me for more information.