I've been going through all of my students' work, before sending them home at the end of the week... and I was pretty disappointed. Some of the work -(by students who are naturally diligent, neat workers) was pretty neat, presentable, pretty good handwriting. But as for the rest of it... I was embarrassed to send it home: ~Names scrawled in huge letters, mostly off the line. ~Writing in marker, instead of pencil. And in huge letters. ~Doodles and scribbles all over the margins. (You may be wondering: where has this teacher been when they are doing their work?? I am usually in reading groups while they are doing this work, and my assisstant is checking work with them. I have since reminded my assistant what my standards are, and she'e happy to uphold them.) I KNOW that it can't be too demanding to expect a neat name, neat handwriting and in pencil. But am I asking too much of first graders not to doodle on their paper while they wait for help? A lot of homework is coming back this way, too. Isn't that what SCRAP PAPER is for? I drew two examples on the board of what I was seeing, and what I expected. (We had a lot of fun with the sloppy copy )Some were okay with it, others looked totally stressed out. What are your expectations? Thoughts? suggestions? Do you require students to redo work like this? I have so many students who would need to redo work. How do I even keep track?