I don't give them, haven't since late 80's. Instead, i ask my scholars to let me know what
grade they think they deserve and why. They use the expectations of the class, information
gleaned from peers, telementors, me about their work. They explore past performance, for which
they have better knowledge, and arrive at a very good assessment of themselves. This allows me
to negotiate when I feel I must and make the scholar responsible for more than just learning
but also assessing that learning. Who better?
It has never been a problem and sure beats haggling with scholars after the fact. I liken it to
the scene in Billy Budd when Budd says, "God bless you Captain Vere."
© Ted Nellen 2000