Bonus point opportunities are given to students for going above and beyond what was expected.
Bonus point assignments are enrichment/reinforcement assignments that are OPTIONAL! I realize that this seems like a radical twist, but I am trying something new to increase student engagement, sense of empowerment, and to alleviate some of the anxiety some students feel when they hear/see the word "Homework". It is my expectation that students will complete many of these assignments on their own especially when they see the other students doing it and when they realize that the bonus points can really add up and help them with their grades!
I reserve the right to cancel this format at any time if I feel it is not working out to my expectations.
Students also receive LOL bonus points and WOW bonus points.
LOL Example: A student completes a project and within the project he/she has a science joke or clever play on words or creates a humorous cartoon relating to the topic that makes me chuckle = bonus points
WOW Example: A student puts so much effort into their work that it makes me say "WOW" = bonus points
These are all strategies to get students to do their very best work.