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Re: Question about due dates


From: Larry Prescott (larrcott1_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu May 13 2004 - 07:44:33 PDT

I have found a solution that works for me at this time. I have a due date but accept late work without any penalty. I also accept reworked assignments at any time without penalty. This gives kids a target date to work toward. On the due date, I collect the work and grade in accordingly. If the work is not complete at this time, I give it a C if the student has been conscientious but still needs more time. If a student is just "blowing off" the assignment, but has put some minimal effort into class participation, I give the work a D. For work that is not present on the due date, but I know the student has participated in class, I give a D-. I then remind students that I accept work at any time...even next year with no penalty. (This last statement gets most of my 13-year-old brains thinking about the policy) This gives kids who need the extra time a way to satisfy their need to work well and not be penalized. Some of my best work has come in several weeks after the due
 date. For example, I had a piece of art that placed first in our state middle school art contest that was several weeks late. This would never have happened if I did not set up a policy like I have. In short, have a due date, but work in a way that you will accept any assignment or reworked assignment at any time without grade reduction for tardiness.
This policy also keeps parents happy. They are amazed that I accept late work without any penalty and that I allow students to redo any work that they would like to do without any penalty.

Kara LiCausi <> wrote:

Hello Everybody,
As the end of the year approaches, students are talking more, working less and not completing projects on time! It is driving me insane! I normally don't stick to any specific "due dates" (except for homeworks). I like to let the projects run their course and prefer that they are done well rather than done quickly...but right now I can sense that the projects we are doing can go on forever if let them.
I have made specific due dates and a majority of students finish on time...but the problem is with the two smaller groups. The first group is the "lazy" kids who just waste their time in class and for whom the due dates are really intended. The other group is the slow but very conscientious workers who are doing awesome work and just can't seem to finish on time. I don't know how to approach forcing the kids to stick to a due date unless there is a consequence attached to it...but I don't want to penalize that "slow but steady" group.
I am sticking firm to the fact that they cannot work in class on the project past the due date. They can work at home and come in at lunch or in the morning...but then I feel like I am becoming a prisoner in my own room just to make sure these kids get the work finsihed. I also send home letters to the parents letting them know the situation...but I still son't feel satisfied that things will work out.
I teach Middle School...6th and 7th grade. The problem is mostly with my 7th graders who I get for 20 week sessions.
I have thought and thought and still can't come up with a solution...any insight would be greatly appreciated!

Kara LiCausi
Northport Middle School
Northport, NY
Larry Prescott
Art Teacher 
Madison Middle School
575 West 7th South
Rexburg, Idaho 83440
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