Why a Success Strategies Grade and How can it be Used???

To see the Success Strategy Options available to you, click here:  Options to Work With

In order to learn mathematics (or anything for that matter) you must be an active participant in the learning process. Therefore, I have created a way for you to systematically incorporate your active work in the course as part of your semester grade.  I call this option your Success Strategies Grade.   This grade is totally optional, but HIGHLY recommended, as it can provide a welcome boost to your grade at the end of the course.  Why did I do this????

Research suggests that in order for students to develop the ability to be life long learners, it is essential that they:

Because I value the effort that goes into true learning, I want to give you the opportunity to "showcase" some of this process and have it count towards your semester grade in some accountable way.   Different people need different levels of involvement with different parts and components of the course, so you have great flexibility in creating your Success Strategies Grade.  I hope that participating in this option helps you find your work much more personally satisfying, and encourages you to develop and refine habits that help you become a more autonomous, independent thinker, problem solver and learner. These characteristics will take you far!

The Success Strategies Grade allows you to receive credit for some or all of the activities listed under Options to Work With and helps you be an active participant in the course.  Taking advantage of this option helps you develop and refine work habits that help maximize your learning. 

Important Notes:

During the semester, you can use these options to accumulate up to 100 points as a Success Strategy Grade.  At the end of the semester, you have 3 options for this grade:

  1. You can count your points as an additional grade for the semester.  Remember, I grade on a (points received / points possible) basis, so If you have 40 points, you can add a 40/40 to your (points received/ points possible) computation.
  1. You can drop up to 2 regular turn in assignments (not including the final project if there is one for your course) whose total points possible are less than or equal to your accumulated Success Strategy Points.
  1. You can convert your success strategy points to Extra Credit at a rate of 25%.  For example if you have 40 Success Strategy Points, you can convert to 10 points of extra credit.  That effectively adds 10 points to one of your grades!  Keep in mind, if you accumulate the full 100 points possible for the Success Strategies grade, you can convert those points to 25 points extra credit at the end of the semester!

I will post examples  for how some student grades could be impacted by using a Success Strategies Grade in the near future.

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