About a month ago I got into a lively discussion on Twitter about The Case Against the Zero
. Apparently some schools do not believe it is acceptable to award zeros when students fail to do their work. I read some of the research and in some cases I would have to agree it makes sense. My concern is that students can sit back and complete just enough to scrape by. I spent the better part of this morning researching this topic further and creating different scenarios in my gradebook to see the results of awarding zeros versus half credit. (In other words a 0 on a 4,3,2,1, 0 scale) The results were astounding! I will share what I found, but I want you to share your thoughts and examples first.
I am really curious to hear from people who support this methodology. How do you support your stance? How do you deal with students who play the system? The ones who have figured out that they if they do well on the tests or turn in an assignment every now and then they will still pass?