Thinking about the beginning of next year already? This is a very useful tool for help with implementing a NO late work policy with grace! Or, if you accept late work, helps to teach prioritization of assignments and work time.
I teach 9th grade, and most of my students, coming from middle school, are used to turning in late work on a regular basis. In order to make the transition to high school smooth, I explain my no late work policy (because they have so much class time to work), and then offer them a certain number of late passes per grading period (you could do any amount of time you want). I do also offer extra points for unused passes, but that's up to you :)
The page has two late passes on it, and each pass has a place for the student's information, as well as an explanation space for the student. They check a box for the the reason the work is not complete (e.g. I wasted class time, or I left it at home), sign and date the slip, then turn it in stapled to the work.
Please note: One version of the pass states that the student will be able to receive up to full credit when they turn in the work with the pass. One version excludes this clause.
These are the exact sheets I use in my room! Have your students fill in the expiration date themselves when you pass them out, or if you have a date stamp and a T.A. to help you out, use that method!
Hope this helps with maintaining student responsibility--and the inevitable mountain of late papers that tend to pile up near report card time!
Teacher in the Rye
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