I wonder what percentage of grades that we give are based upon knowledge gained and what percent is based on putting forth the effort to gain that knowledge? I wonder what sort of percentage is ideal?
In case you worry that I get too introspective too early in the morning, I also wondered about the ramifications of hailing from a state who spawned back to back Miss Americas. Does this increase the pressure on me to finally shape my eyebrows and iron my clothes?
And now for the answers,
I think that although effort does matter and should be recognized, it's a delicate balance we have to find to seperate disciplinary issues and academic issues. We have to teach good habits without basing a student's entire grade on those habits.
And the second question? Nope. Not today anyway.