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Old 12-04-2015, 01:18 PM
 
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Is it so bad to bribe kids with extra credit to do stuff?

For example, last night was conference night and the after was the AP Fair where we showcase all the AP classes. So I figured it would be in my best interest to ask 2 or 3 students from AP Statistics and AP Calculus (AP classes I teach) to accompany me so the prospective students had someone to get an answer in terms they will understand. At first, none of my students wanted to do it, but then I told them I would give them 10 extra credit points, not that anyone needs it, most of my students have above a 95%.
Also, my district sends out a 20 page math review for semester exams. Over time, it has become the unwritten rule that all math teachers offer 15 extra credit points to students who print out the review and bring it in, so I do not have to kill as many trees.

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Old 12-04-2015, 02:11 PM
 
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If grades are supposed to reflect student learning... a significant amount of extra credit for things they should do anyway (print out a review packet) or volunteering for an event seems a bit much. You could remind students that volunteering at the AP Fair looks good on college applications, or maybe just ask a student directly.
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I'm of the mindset that grades should reflect learning, not "doing."
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Old 12-04-2015, 05:36 PM
 
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I would give extra credit for the AP Fair but not the printing review pages.

I would give other rewards for the printing review pages -- classroom economy cash, "tickets," or other in class rewards if you have that kind of system; free seating during silent reading; extra minute of recess for every student who brings it in; stuff like that.

The AP Fair is academic, imo. The students who go will have to demonstrate basic understanding of the material and present it to prospective students and parents. I wouldn't give an automatic 10 points, but I'd give points based on how well they did.

The printing is not in any way related to academics and shouldn't be reflected in the grade.
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Old 12-05-2015, 12:00 PM
 
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I would give extra credit for the AP fair, but I don't agree with printing out a study guide. Its as if that is rewarding the student for doing something they should want to have.


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