I hate grading. I hate grades. I especially hate grading in classes where it seems like everyone ends up on the cusp of two grades (which happens more often now that I’m working someplace with a +/- system). That’s exactly the predicament I’m in now.
It seems that my students and I had different ideas for the final paper in the class. This coupled with our different ideas for the not-final paper in the class has created a situation where students are not doing as well as I would have thought (to varying degrees).
There are clearly a number of strategies for curving/re-distributing grades. What are some of the favorites of scatterplot readers? For what it’s worth, I’m particularly concerned that there is a “system” because I want to be able to strongly support my final grades when the
helicopter parents disgruntled students come knocking.