Q&A #6340

Late Assignments

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: May 16, 2001 at 21:26:16
Subject: Re: Late Assignments

In my school sytem homework is only allowed to count as 10% of the final grade, so I try to make sure I don't put too much effort into grading it, and I don't count it for much credit, either. Of course, I teach fifth grade. I figure (no pun intended) that if I give 4 homework assignments per week, in a nine week period I probably count about 30 - 35 assignments... if they are only worth 10% of the grade, I can't make them worth much more than a point or two each, in the grand scheme of things... It is almost not worth my while to give partial credit, but I do want to see the work completed, because it does have some review value, so I don't penalize my students for late work. What does happen, though, is that students who have been completing their homework usually have better quiz and test grades, because the quizzes and tests come from the homework, and I point that out. Besides, I really believe students need a chance to practice what they are learning in a risk free environment, so I don't penalize them for having the answers wrong on their homework (but I do give bonus points for work that is correct and easy to understand). So, in my room there are some inherent incentives for completing assigned work, rather than punitive consequences for not doing it. It has worked well for me, and hasn't inflated the grades (10% is just not a very big amount...). The added benefit is that it puts the homework monkey back where it belongs... The students are ultimately responsible for getting the work done, period... there is no excuse that "she wouldn't accept it it, so I don't need to do it...". -Gail, for the T2T service

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