How Do You Do Labor-Based Grading In Pre-Existing Curricula?
As many universities go to pass/fail options in their courses to address the COVID-19 pandemic, this may be the perfect time to try out labor-based grading contracts safely. In one sense, our needs to dramatically rethink our classrooms and grading practices can give an opportunity to try the practice now, and allow our students to exercise extra patience with us, which many I'm sure are accustom to in these trying times. Your department chair, principal, or program director may be more willing to let you try the practice in times like these, since it can easily offer students some reduced stress in already stressful times. So, if you feel you can, and you think your students will benefit from your trying, I offer some ideas. What's Labor-Based Grading Contracts For those who may not know about labor-based grading contracts, let me offer a short explanation. If you know already, you can skip this section. While I'm about ready to abandon the term "contract"