Why I’m easy: On giving lots of A’s

I love giving A’s to students, maybe even more than they love receiving them. In my religion courses over the years, I’ve acquired a reputation as an “easy” teacher, and I love that, too. In this age of grade inflation, student entitlements, skyrocketing tuition, and rampant anti-intellectualism, my wallowing in the pleasures of giving out A’s…

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I’m not ready to quit grading

Each time I assign an essay in my rhetoric course, I meet with students one-on-one to go over their rough drafts. I love those 20-minute conferences. At their best, they work far better than written comments in a draft’s margins at helping students improve their writing. They’re also revealing. I’ll read a draft aloud, explaining…

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How to escape grading jail

For the first 18 years of my academic career, I ran into the same problem every semester. It happened at about the 13-week mark: I would share a tearful farewell with my family and begin serving my sentence in Grading Jail. In that moment, I would look back on a career of repeat offenses against…

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Grade Center Categories

About Categories In the Grade Center, you can use categories to group related columns together and organize the data. With categories, you can: Filter your view of the Grade Center. For example, you can filter using the Assignment category and view only assignment columns in the Grade Center grid. Calculate grades. For example, you can…

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Restructuring Grading Systems to Motivate Students

Faculty can structure their grading systems to intrinsically motivate students and foster rigor, according to Linda B. Nilson, a widely published author on effective teaching. In a CIDDE-sponsored workshop “Structuring Student Risk to Foster Rigor: A New, Motivating Grading System,” Nilson described approaches to grading that communicate clear expectations and distinguish between levels of competency….

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