What is your opinion or policy when it comes to late work?  My district requires teachers to deduct 10% off of the total score for each day the assignment is late up to ten days.  However, I feel like this results in scores that do not accurately reflect student knowledge.  For example, if a student scored a 9/10 on the homework, but submitted it three days late their grade in the grade book is a 6/10.  While I want to hold my students accountable for turning work in on time I also want to show they are progressing in their knowledge.  

Shalen Boyer
Shalen Boyer
5360 Activity Points

In my opinion, that deduction percentage seems really high with the idea that reasons for absences and late work may be more than what we're aware of, but it is understandable that students need to be accountable with their responsibilities. If your district requires teachers to deduct 10% off the total assignment score, then there is no way around it but I do appreciate when my professors offer extra credit work that allows me to bump up those points I lost by the end of the semester. Extra credit shows that accountability in students who aren't able to turn in what they can by a given deadline, but if students are aware of their situation, they might take all opportunities to make up for that deduction. That extra credit work could be related to their assignment, so you can see their understanding in that content area. 

Riley Tagawa
Riley Tagawa
645 Activity Points

This is a tough situation when the district has blanket policies that are negatively affecting students. We want more differentiation in instruction, but these types of blanket policies are disruptive to that line of thinking. I love this post from Cult of Pedagogy- a discussion about different aspects of late work policies- https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/late-work/.

Personally, I allow students to turn in make up work and late work any time up to my final deadline about a week before the semester ends. I too, was originally panicked that this would cause more work for me and that students would develop bad habits. Guess what!? The students that always turned their work in on time, continue to do so. The students that never turned their work in on time continue to do so! The difference is I can work with them on an individual basis to determine why they are having the issues that they are having, but the responsiblity goes back on their shoulders to make sure they get their work in and talk to me. It's no longer my problem to assess each student's lateness and keep track in the gradebook- which is exhausting as a teacher and takes time away from more important matters- like teaching! The students that are able to overcome those issues, turn in their work and get a grade that reflects their mastery of the content, not a grade that reflects the issues that originally caused the late work. It has been a win-win.

Debbie Morgan
Debbie Morgan
934 Activity Points

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