Late Work? What’s My Policy….

Yikes!  I can’t believe I last posted in August….

Shout out to #flipclass and Cheryl Morris (@guster4lovers) for the extra push with the #flashblog  idea.  I’ll be talking about accepting late work.

As a 6th grade teacher, this is our student’s first year in middle school and a HUGE adjustment for them.  For this reason, I will continue to accept late work up until the last week of the quarter.  The Social Studies, Math teacher, and I all do some form of blended learning, which has helped us considerably with keeping up with assignments.  Students that don’t do their assignment the night before are pulled in during lunch to complete assignments.

Since we use Edpuzzle and Edmodo, it does wonders for allowing us to keep track of missed assignments.  All I have to do is click on the assignment and it shows the progress.

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So before the day starts I already have my list ready of students that I will keep during lunch/recess.

What doesn’t work for me?  Extra credit!  Towards the end of the quarter I have students that will ask me for extra credit.  And they get the DUMMY LOOK.  Wait…so you want me to come up with an alternate assignment for you to do when you didn’t do the original?  That I have to grade? Uh uh…no way…no how….sorry.

Flipping my classroom has definitely assisted me in keeping track of what I’m missing. As long as I handle it immediately – it doesn’t become a burden or overwhelming.  Win/Win.  The kids get the assignment done and I know who needs remediation.  BOOM!

Until the next time,


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  1. I have also started having students who don’t have their work done go during lunch to finish it! It has paid off big time when it comes to getting in work! We are also tracking our homework trends as a class and my 6th graders enjoy it. Every new assignment I figure out the percentage of kids who have it done on time and we have a graph in the class!

    • I love the idea about graphing the percentage! Right now we have a quarterly Homework Club. Each teacher rewards the students who have an A average in homework and the students that have an A average for all four core classes goes off campus for lunch! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  2. Ah the late policy – a battle old as time – it is something that all teachers face. Thank you for sharing your policy. Great posts!

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