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November 15, 2009
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I wish I could make this one of my policies on the syllabus:

If you won’t follow the paper instructions then I won’t follow my grading rubric.

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  1. larry c wilson permalink
    November 15, 2009 3:45 pm

    Interesting, but wide open to deliberate sutudent interpretation.

  2. Dr. Jim permalink
    November 16, 2009 3:08 pm

    I sometimes indicate that certain things on papers, like proper citations, easily readable English, approved topics, are non-negotiable requirements for a passing grade. I usually give at least two writing assignments, a short one in the first month or so in which a LOT of people fail (often with an invite to rewrite) and then a longer one at the end. It often works. The big papers are a lot better than the short ones.

  3. missivesfrommarx permalink*
    November 17, 2009 11:08 am

    I’ve toyed with having a “if you don’t do at least X, Y, and Z you won’t pass,” and including things like you mention. I don’t think grammar should be 10% of the rubric (as some people seem to think). If you have terrible terrible grammar, you shouldn’t be able to pass, even if your organization is good …

    I too often allow for rewrites. But sometimes I’m too exhausted to mess with it and I just curve the papers/test. But I try not to.

  4. John permalink
    November 17, 2009 8:19 pm

    “I’ve toyed with having a “if you don’t do at least X, Y, and Z you won’t pass,” …”
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    I think that’s a good idea, pedagogically. Instead of a rubric (or maybe in addition to a rubric), just make a checklist for students to go through before turning in their papers, making it clear that unless they can check off all these requirements, they won’t get a passing grade.

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