Teaching Computer Science: Extra Credit15 Apr 2015 / Paul Epps
I wish I got a dollar for every time a student asks, “Can I get extra credit for [insert action for which it makes no sense to give extra credit]?”
Today in class we did a difficult programming exercise. It wasn’t graded but I asked everyone to turn it in so I could evaluate the difficulty of the assignment.
“Can we get extra credit for turning it in?” a student asked me.
“How does it make sense to give extra credit for turning it in? Everyone is turning it in.”
“It raises everyone’s grades,” he said. “Like a rising tide lifts all boats.”