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