A good way to put in an extra grade for the marking period. Sometimes students need to be graded on their work ethic, their participation/behavior in class, and the effort they put in at home. I usually give a participation grade two times a marking period. This is also a good way to hold the students accountable and let them know that they are getting graded on how they behave in class. I usually use this to have a conference with the students and to check in with students and give them suggestions on what they can improve on.