There were some interesting comments on yesterday’s blog about what should happen when students turn work in late.
More and more teaches say principals and other officials have pressured them to accept late assignments and to give students full-credit for the work. (I imagine more of these conversations are going on as we near the end of the school year.)
It used to be students would get penalized – they would get a zero, be docked a few points or face a sliding scale of depreciated grades depending on how late they were turning in the work.
I’ve had some principals say the focus should be on students doing the work and learning the material. Giving students less credit for late work, some principals say, could turn off kids from completing any assignments.
Many teachers say that isn’t fair to students who follow instructions. They wonder how kids will learn to respect deadlines, explaining that adults get penalized when they are late.
What should happen when students turn in work late?