When deciding on a grade for my pupils,
can I take into account the fact that they prepare homework, come on time
and are not late or do these things not "count" when I give a grade?
If you look at the assessment principles in the official draft of the New Curriculum (P26), you will see recommendations for a variety of assessment tools - both traditional and alternative, formative and summative, on different areas of language development. So you can include homework and projects, extensive reading, portfolio assessment and other tools alongside the traditional tests and quizzes. These should cover abilities in the different language domains, so that you end up with a profile of each student’s abilities. You will need to decide what the weighting of each element should be, preferably together with colleagues in your school.
It is advisable to check your school’s policy on inclusion of elements such as the punctuality in student grades. It is usually not acceptable to reduce students’ grades because of factors that are not related to their language development (such as behaviour). On the other hand, it is common to include the component “Participation”, which does include being present!
Don’t forget to make
sure that your students know in advance how they will be assessed, and
(even better) involve them in the decisions involved in planning their
assessment. Empowering students to take part in their own assessment is
very motivating for them.