In a message dated 10/29/00 6:07:34 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< How do you handle grading unfinished work
in circumstances such as this?
Heyjude, don't make it bad. (sorry couldn't resist)
When I see most are nearly finished, I start saying when they are due. I
usually give them about a week of warning. I grade it on the due date, ready
or not. Then I move the class on to the new project. The student has 2
options: Complete it at home for a better grade and bring it back for me to
regrade, or work on it in class as a sponge activity if they should ever get
done with the next project ahead of the others. In my other school I
offered a 3rd option, to come back to the Art room during the student's lunch
or study hall and work on the project while one of my other classes are
For as much as I've been whining about my students, most of them work on the
projects I've been giving them! I have about 6-7 failures in my classes of
30. Only 1 to 3 A's..... In my other school I only had to fail one boy in 2
years! Most of my students there were A and B students! Ah those were the
Good Luck, try liking them, even if you hate the way they act. They seem to
respond better when you're real with them. Give deserved compliments.
Sometimes when I do they look at me as if no one has ever said a kind thing
to them in their entire life! Sometimes they make me smile...