We just had this same conversation on Middle-L listserv (middle school).
Most of the people there were really hard-nosed about due dates and proud of
it! Obviously not sensitive creative art teacher types! (smile) I will
accept late work, without penalty until the end of the grading quarter. My
trade-off is that I don't give out extra credit work.
I've found that parents are very relieved and appeased when I give them my
policy about accepting late work, rather than 'make do' extra credit work.
Alix E. Peshette
Emerson Junior High School
"There are three ways to get something done:
1. Do it yourself
2. Hire someone
3. Forbid your students to do it"
From: Maggie White [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2003 7:56 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: HS questions
> I've never cut a kid off from handing in an assignment. After a point,
> they are on their own time to finish it as we need to move on to the
> next project.
I'm so glad to hear you say this. My deadlines were always kinda vague,
like so many of y'all have mentioned (when the middlin' students were
nearing completion); even with the slackers, I hated not accepting their
work if they finished...eventually. A parent actually called me to task
for not enforcing deadlines more seriously; she certainly had a point,
but I just _hated_ not accepting something someone finally finished!