Teachers assess your class participation in many ways: the correctness of your answer; the manner how you deliver your answer; the relevance of your questions and your general attitude during class discussion. Teachers have guidelines and score guide to help them assess and grade your participation properly.
I have cross upon a good guideline about assessing participation that I got from Decameron Web. This however, is only a guideline and may not be the exact basis of grading your participation because every college has a particular rule on how they assess their students. But it is practical to have an idea about the general guidelines to give you more understanding on how teachers assess your participation.
According to these guidelines, students who participate in class can be either categorized as outstanding contributor, good contributor, adequate contributor, non-participant or unsatisfactory contributor. So read on and determine what kind of contributor you are during your class discussion.
Outstanding Contributors are the students who demonstrate class preparedness. They are the one who readily contribute to the discussion, the ones who frequently raised their hands and shows interest to the discussion but never dominating the class.
The second type of student is the Good Contributor. Just like Outstanding Contributor, students that are Good Contributors are also prepared in class and give substantive answers and good insights.
Another type is the Adequate Contributor whose participation in class showa satisfactory preparation. The ideas or answers given are substantive at times and provide generally useful insights but rarely give a new opportunity for the discussion.
Non-Participant is the student that says very little or nothing at all during class discussion, therefore, the teachers can not appropriately evaluate these students.
Unsatisfactory Contributor on the other hand is the student that comes to class without any preparation. These are the students that can not provide substantive answers or insights. With these ideas, you now understand how teachers assessed your performance during class discussion.