What current teaching trends are baffling to you? Why?

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I've seen a lot of districts in my area recently adopting the "no zeros" type of policy. Basically students can never be given a zero. The lowest they can get is 50% - which is still an F, but still. That makes no sense. It's not holding kids accountable. My current school doesn't do it - but my previous school did.


I think part of the problem is that the "no zeroes" thing is really supposed to be used in conjunction with standards-based grading. For traditional grading it is harder to justify.

I use standards-based grading in my advanced course (so my gradebook lists learning targets instead of assignments) - I use 50% as the placeholder grade for missing assessments, otherwise certain learning targets end up having WAY more weight in the negative direction (because "F" ranges from 0-60% while every other letter grade only ranges 10%). Rick Wormeli explains this better than I could.

For my non-SBG classes, I still mark missing items missing (which means it's a zero in the gradebook), but I don't penalize for lateness.


giving all say as to whether or not a child is retained to the parent... and on a related note, making it damn near impossible to retain a kid and instead insists that we push them through the system, hoping that they catch up, when common sense clearly dictates that the gap between them and their peers will only widen.


No zeros. An absolute crazy policy, but unfortunately it is one that is used in schools near me.


No consequences for bad grades or bad behavior life is not full of incentives people!!


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