I Think I Lost Their Work!

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  1. Roobunny

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    :help: I think I lost homework my students turned in on Friday.

    I have looked everywhere at school and checked at home, but it hasn't turned up. I am going to search for another couple of days, but what should I do if I can't find it? :thanks:
     
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  3. gr3teacher

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    Was it anything important, or just a generic homework assignment. If it was just a generic homework assignment, they'll all forget about it in a few days, anyway.
     
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    I wouldn't worry about it. If it was something you wanted to grade, you can just assign a similar paper this week. It happens.
     
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    I would just give them all full credit for it unless it was something particularly important or that they put a great deal of time into.
     
  6. Roobunny

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    It was just a generic homework assignment - nothing important.
     
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    We can't grade homework, anyway, so I wouldn't be worrying about it at all personally. If it was just a short worksheet or something simple, I'd just forget about it unless you really need the grade. If you do need the grade, assign something else like it this week.
     
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    Then no sweat. If someone asks once, just say you didn't get to it yet (it's true!). After the next assignment or test/quiz, they'll forget about the HW. If someone still remembers and asks again, just say you gave them all credit.
     
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    Chalk it up as an oops and move on. :)
     
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    It happens. I wouldn't even put it into the gradebook if it were me. I'd just pretend that it never happened. :whistle:

    Last year I lost a stack of exams. Thankfully I had already recorded their grades. The problem was that I couldn't show them to the students. My suspicion is that a student came to my desk for help, set down their book or notebook on top of the stack of graded tests, and accidentally picked it up when they picked up their stuff. No one ever fessed up to it, though. I guess the other possibility is that the stack slid off my desk and into the garbage. I'm not a crazy paper stacker, though, so this seems really unlikely to me. It was the weirdest thing.
     
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    I'm going to go against the grain and say you should just be honest. This happened once when I was in school, and the teacher kept trying to pretend it didn't happen over and over as we pressed to know where our assignments were. Eventually, she came up with some story about her dog. We KNEW she had lost them weeks earlier, and it just made us lose respect for her. Teachers make mistakes too. Since it was something small, I'd give them full credit to make up for it. :)
     
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    I don't think 2nd graders will be too interested in knowing how they did on a generic homework assignment.
     
  13. bison

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    Whoops! I think I mentally combined threads and thought this was high school. I'm feeling sick, that's my excuse! :p I'd just forget about it.
     
  14. Roobunny

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    LOL! Thanks guys :)

    I'm sure it will turn up, but if I can't find the papers by the time I need to have grades in, I won't sweat it.
     
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    I've lost homework a couple of times. Since I don't return homework anyway (high school), I just gave everyone full credit. Those who flaked on the assignment benefited from my absentmindedness. :p None of them every complained.
     
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    I agree, absolutely. I'm honest with my kids. When I mess up, I 'fess up.

    I would give everyone credit for the homework, and move on. It's one homework. If one or two kids get one day's credit they didn't deserve, well I guess it's their lucky day. Statistically, it will make no difference at the end of the year.
     
  17. Pisces_Fish

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    Did you check the couch? That's where my missing stuff goes. One time I lost keys in there for 4 years! I found them on moving day :)

    In all seriousness, it's no big deal. They will forget about it in a few days. I wouldn't even record that in your book.
     
  18. giraffe326

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    I wouldn't worry about it.
    I've been in the middle of grading before and realized how badly my class did on an assignment (in both 2nd and 5th) and just tossed the whole set of papers. No one ever asked.

    Note: If it was the concept they didn't understand, I would reteach. If it was the assignment/directions, I'd just move on and rely on formative assessments.
     
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    Honestly it's completely foreign to me that an elementary school teacher would grade and record hw grades. I purposely throw out worksheets because we have so many and if I send them home half the kids never take them out of their folders.
     

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