Londa - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 23 moms have responded )
I am a Mom and a Teacher. I have a philosophy for grading that simply states grading is a tool to measure a students learning. If teachers are constantly giving bonus points for students bring in tissues, germ ex, etc. then we are hurting the students by raising a grade without measuring the student learning. I also dislike teachers using grades as punishment. For example if a student turns in an assignment late but gets every single question, problem, etc. correct then he/she has demonstrated mastery of that skill. If I punish the fact that it is late by only giving him or her a 50%...which is what my daughters teachers do then I am doing an injustice to that child. This is not to say we should not deal with the behavior issue of turning in assignments late. This issue should be delt with but as a behavior issue with consequences such as missing recess or detention but I really don't feel that it should effect the grade. I would like to know the opinions of other teachers and mothers out there on this issue.