In the previous post I showed the latest version of the participation poster. The question now will be how is participation measured.  Many teacher try a daily points system but find it is just too hard to keep up with. They don’t always have time after class to mark scores for all students, and by the end of the day don’t remember well.So the question becomes “How do you make this system manageable and easy to use?”

Here is what I do. I hand out a Participation Grading Scale sheet to every student at the beginning of the period on Monday. Students evaluate their own behavior and write the number that most closely matches their behavior each day of the week. They average the numbers and turn them in on Friday. The teacher writes the final grade. Most students are harder on themselves than the teacher is.