Much to my amazement, especially after writing the post about partial credit a couple of days ago, my daughter informed me that she gets points from her teacher if she doesn't know the answer to a quiz question and only just rewrites the 'question stem'.
Let's say the question on a quiz is: What are the 3 main ingredients of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich?
If you write nothing, zero points.
If you write: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches have 3 main ingredients.. you get a surprising number of points.
If you write: The capital of the Slovak Republic is Bratislava.. you get some points, but not as many.
I think I now understand why my university students are so enraged when I give them no points for making some non-answer markings with their writing implements in the space intended for an actual answer to a question.
7 years ago