yo-miss-d asked:

What's your policy on extra credit? I'm still a month away from the start of the school year, and I've already had a student email and ask if she can do some extra credit work. Last year, I offered extra credit occasionally, but I've been warned that the upcoming students are crazy for it and will ask constantly, so I want to have a clear policy in place from day 1.

girlwithalessonplan answered:

I rarely give legit extra credit.  Like, maybe a bonus point question on the test if they get it right.  I’ve done hall passes for leaving the room—three a grading period—and if you don’t leave, you can turn those in for points (3 a piece.)  Even if they turn in all 9 points, it bumps one paper or test up a whole letter grade.  It’s not something that is a serious game changer.  I also never give extra credit to one kid only.  If I offer extra credit, everyone has a fair chance at it.

Now, i I *HAVE* let individual kids rework projects or retake tests for partial credit to improve a grade.  That’s on an individual, case by case basis, a whole other ball of wax.  

The reason why is because a very large portion of my class “homework” is completion.  You either do it, or you don’t.  Larger evaluation pieces are essays (that we spend at least a week in class on) or tests (that are on subjects we’ve spent considerable time on).   

I’ve seen teachers have really hard extra credit projects, like, legit “You have to do some serious research and work on your own on this paper/slide show/whatever” and sometimes kids take it.  Other teachers don’t have any extra credit—ever.  Their policy is the kid earns the grade earned.  

The key is for you to clearly outline your policy at the beginning of the year, and stick to it.