Late homework can be troubling for teachers and students alike. If you're like me, you've scratched your head day-after-day trying to come up with something that helps students develop a sense of responsibility for their work AND help you keep track of missing assignments. Here's a product I am trying this year called the "Request for Extra Time."
Included in the download are the request slips, a handout for students explaining how to use the requests, and a teacher recording sheet to keep track of missing work.
1. Encourage ownership. Students list why they need more time, decide when the work will be done, and are responsible for completing it.
2. I have physical documentation of late work for parents/students should it become a habit.
3. Change the student's mindset from "I didn't do it" to "I haven't done it yet." Allow students to feel empowered by solving their own problems.
4. Hopefully, I will have fewer "zeroes" or missing grades--students' grades should improve.
How I plan to use it:
I will copy the requests and cut in half and store them in an accessible spot for students. Students will fill them out and give them to me AFTER class (in case I don't collect an assignment) and then wait for me to reply. I will jot down the student's name and the date he plans to turn it in on the teacher recording page, which I will tape into my gradebook. The student will file the slip in the "Ownership" file (either a file folder or a large index card box with dividers) for his class under his name, and when he turns in the work, he will mark the date on the slip. I can then take the slips to parent/teacher conferences as needed.
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