“I Didn’t Turn That In?” ~tired teacher ears.

Losing Your Teacher Mind with Late Assignments and Retesting?

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For secondary students, this minefield needs to be put in THE STUDENT’s hands.  Easier said than done, you say?  I agree, but let me share with you what has worked for me for years.  {FREEBIE downloads attached!}  Bonus: this provides documentation for files and for reasoning with parents.

Two alike issues here…late work and retesting/resubmissions.  Let’s look at late work first.  

  1. Secondary age should be able to access their grades in an online platform.  Make sure they are ALL set-up with access during the first few weeks of school. 
  2. Build into your schedule, weekly or bi-monthly, to record missing work.  That means you do NOT spend your time on this until the scheduled date!  They will just have to go look online for missing grades.
  3. On your “late work documentation” day, make multiple copies of the “Documentation of Student Missing Work-Failure” form, and sit down in front of your gradebook to complete the forms.
  4. Make a copy for yourself of each form and then hand the original out to the students the following day.
  5. Alternatively, you could send digital to their emails and cc the parent.

Now, for resubmission requests, and retest requests…I put the responsibility for this on THE secondary STUDENT’s shoulders.  They must turn in an application in order to receive permission to resubmit an assignment or retest.  These forms stay out in my classroom for students to grab as needed.  I occasionally remind them of this option.  Here is the “Resubmit-Retest Application” for you as a freebie. 

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