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Re: latework and taking it home to finish


Date: Sun Jul 27 2003 - 07:38:43 PDT

I guess I'll chirp in here as well. Late work is my downfall and my weak
point. I have some students who are very talented and try to do very complicated
responses to my assignments. I also have the slackers who do not work hard
in class and expect to just pass because they sit down every day.

I have used this policy for the last 8 years or so. I give the assignment
and we go through the procedures and when I have about 2-3 students finishing I
will set a due date. The due date is the time all work in class will be
stopped. They automatically have one week grace period to take it home and finish.
 After that week they must petition me to give more time, however no more
time in class. They come in after school, before school, (we have a tutorial
period) and work at home. If they do not talk to me I deduct 5 point a day for
every day late. If they were absent for three days during the assignment I
might add that on.

Unfinished work turned in is given no more that 65% of the points possible.
They usually test me but if I am strong they get used to the routine. This
gives my hard working students time to finish and slow but good workers time to
complete and have full credit. The slackers will not finish and they are
graded accordingly. I tell them this on the first day and at the back to school
night for the parents. I tell the parents, "Do you have the ability in your
job to pick and choose all of your assigned tasks?" The students do not as well
and I expect each project completed to the best of their ability......" I will
give at least a C for any work no matter how poor, if the student tries to
finish it, complete all of the objectives and usually a B, put some thought and
try hard and it will be a A."

Ken Schwab

Art teacher, Leigh high school, San Jose, CA
website: Leigh Art