Grading and discipline should be two totally separate issues. Even disguising behavior as some part of participation grade is not a good idea. The student should be judged strictly on his or her ability in the particular class. Earning a B grade in history should mean that the student achieved a level of work that was appropriate for a B-level performance. The chance that it could potentially mean that the student did A-level work but had poor behavior is not acceptable. So, teachers, handle your discipline issues appropriately with sensible consequences in which the severity of the offense matches the severity of the misbehavior. But stay away from having even a hint of connection between grades and discipline.
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