scale is used to translate letter grades into point values, and vice
versa, when calculating your final grade:
(used some semesters--general principles apply)
Your participation in class discussions will be evaluated using this scale for points towards tour final grade for the semester:
5/excellent/style points = Student often contributes thoughtful comments and insights based on class materials and relevant current events; has been a catalyst for other student comments as well as instructor response; AND listens to the comments and insights of others with respect and attention.
4/good = Student regularly contributes thoughtful comments and insights based on class materials and relevant current events; sometimes results in student as well as instructor response (overall, quality counts more than quantity); AND listens to the comments and insights of others with respect and attention.
3/average = Student sometimes contributes comments and insights based on class materials and relevant current events, more often at instructor's prompting; generally polite but could be more engaged in class discussions.
2/weak = Student seldom contributes comments and insights of her/his own volition; comments not always relevant to materials or discussion at hand; needs to pay more attention to the contributions of the instructor and peers.
1/poor = Student rarely and reluctantly contributes to class discussions; comments minimal and/or disrespectful; often noticeably disinterested in instructor's and peers' contributions.
0/inexcusable = Student never contributes to class discussions and/or has demonstrated frequent disrespectful behavior towards instructor and peers.
Overall, quality counts more than quantity, on both ends!