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Re:deadlines vs. learning

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Wed, 18 Feb 1998 23:52:25 -0500

Maggie, I too face large classes of unmotivated high school students who
don't put much value in meeting deadlines. And then there are also the
few highly motivated (and usually very busy and active) students who
miss deadlines simply because they've worked hard but aren't finished. I
usually just go on with my next assignments and tell them they need to
finish on their own time. When missed deadlines begin to be the norm
rather than the exception, I will call for all the assignments to be
handed in whether finished or not. I will grade them all - and harshly
for those that are unfinished due to laziness during class. They are
ususally upset when they receive 50's, 40's, even a 20 once. I simply
grade what is completed in their work compared to what was expected.
They have the option of finishing and getting it regraded. The low grade
does seem to encourage more activity. I also use a computer grade
program and when they see the direct impact on their averages, it helps.

Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617