It is THAT time of year again and I feel as conflicted as ever.
The high-school where I work has a policy that student-like behavior is worth 20% of the semester’s grade.
The policy is that the goal of the school is education in the broad sense and a student should be rewarded (or penalized, as the case may be) for behaviors related to coming to class on time, bringing the required materials, participating in the lesson and general attitude toward studying (trying hard means a lot, even if the student is weak).
However, the grades are looked as an indicator of how well the students are doing and which level of leaving exams (matriculation) they should be taking.
I can’t honestly say these grades realistically reflect the students’ level of English with the 20% factored in.
What is the policy in your school?