Students computers crash, an aunt comes to visit, some dogs seem to devour homework en masse. Inevitably, students will turn work in late.
When I instituted the "Homework Delay Pass" system in my classes, I found that I no longer was put in a position of judging the veracity of one chronically late student's likely valid reason for late work versus one from a student who usually had his work in on time but seemed to be handing me a line that day. With a Delay Pass, any student can have a computer glitch, a bad day, or take a bit more time on the project.
As an added bonus, by giving students some understanding on at least one due date per quarter and offering that leeway to students when they chose it, I discovered that I had fewer late assignments overall.
Instead of the work due, I ask students to fill out this form which helps me keep track of whose work is "delay passed" and whose is late with penalty. Unlike a "homework pass," the work is still due on the next class day for potential full credit.
We all have days when, despite our best efforts, the world doesn't cooperate. Students have those days too.
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