I got some papers last week that ranged everywhere from the excellent to the execrable. I had students who made 95, which on an essay where I grade very strictly for grammar is amazing, and students who made 42, for horrible grammar and not following directions.
I told the students that if they got less than a 90% they were required to rewrite the paper. I wasnâ€™t putting up with that. They could have done better. Iâ€™m not getting rid of those atrocious grades either; Iâ€™m just going to add the rewrite grades to it.
Today those re-writes have come in. Fifty points better. Thatâ€™s the kind of grade I expected. Not that hideous one from the first time.
I even come in on Fridays (class meets Mon and Wed) and will look over their essays if they get them done by then. Itâ€™s amazing how good an essay can get when you rewrite it before itâ€™s due. But most of them donâ€™t even consider coming in. The students who do come in donâ€™t always bring in their essays. How can I help if they donâ€™t bring me anything to help with?
I am hoping that these bad grades will encourage them to come in on Fridays when we have essays due, about every two weeks.