Grading systems are important because they help evaluate the performance of the students. Different teachers prefer different grading systems in their classes in order to evaluate various aspects of classwork. Mr. Williams pegs his grading on performance and improvement. If a student improves regularly, they get an A. the main advantage of this method is the fact that the students are encouraged to improve. It also helps students to focus on improvement in their classwork above all else. This translates to better concentration in class and improved participation in class. On the other hand, the method used by Mr. Smith may discouraged a student who slips up due to unforeseen issues. Since improvement is so highly rated, a slip signals lack of focus. This may not be true. Apart from that, it encourages students to start from low grades to leave room for improvement in order to pass their exams (Kubiszyn & Borich, 2016). I would have ensured that this system classifies improvement in different levels so that students do not fail initial tests in order to boost their chances of scoring A’s.
In the other scenario, Mr. Bell believes that competition is everything. He ranks students and awards the best after every six weeks using criteria such as scores in tests, class participation and class assignments. This method helps the student to improve their grades and focus more on classwork. It also improves the responsibility of the student. A student understands how important the assignments are. Unfortunately, it does not help the student focus on other important skills outside books. This include voluntary work and group activities. It also gives the impression of a system that has interest in books only (Kubiszyn & Borich, 2016). The students therefore put all their focus in them. I would add a few things to this system. First. I would expand the aspects that contribute the grades. Secondly, I would include more class activities into the grading system to make it more balanced.
Kubiszyn, T., & Borich, G., D. (2016). Educational testing & measurement: Classroom applications and practice (11th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
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