Sometimes teachers like to connect behavior and grades. The thinking is that if a student’s grade can be hurt because of misbehavior that they will think twice before they break a rule in class. I can understand the logic behind using this strategy. Sometimes teachers want to use whatever method they can find to help stop misbehavior in their classrooms. Connecting grades to a discipline plan is not the way to do this, however.
Grading and discipline should be two totally separate issues. Even disguising behavior as some part of participation grade is not a good idea. The student should be judged strictly on his or her ability in the particular class. Earning a B grade in history should mean that the student achieved a level of work that was appropriate for a B-level performance. The chance that it could potentially mean that the student did A-level work but had poor behavior is not acceptable. So, teachers, handle your discipline issues appropriately with sensible consequences in which the severity of the offense matches the severity of the misbehavior. But stay away from having even a hint of connection between grades and discipline.
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