Extra Credit: To Give or not to Give?

One of the first questions a new teacher asks about grades and grading usually has to do with extra credit. It would be nice if there were a universal policy that met all the needs of teachers and students, but that’s not the way it works. Instead, I think each of us needs to establish a policy based on what we’re comfortable with and our personal views about grades and grading.

As you consider an extra credit policy, I’d remind you of some of these questions that we explore in class relative to grading and assigning grades:

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