We got an email from our principal that the school is trying a new program that all 6th grade teachers must follow. Apparently, students will receive two grades: a habits of work grade and an academic grade. If a student turns assignments in late, that will affect his habits of work grade but not his academic grade. I agree with the general idea but it seems like a lot of work for the teachers -- two different grades for each child. I would also like some consequences for late work for older kids, as the program will be used with my students all throughout middle school. I can also imagine it being difficult at the end of the quarter when the kids want to turn in ALL of their work to bump up their grade and we cannot assign any penalty. My principal is also very strict about homework not counting for much of our grade because a lot of our kids don't have the support at home. I am definitely on board with this so I am breaking down my grades as follow: Assessments: 50%, Classwork: 40%, and HW: 10%. There is a 10% cap on how much homework can count. I emailed my syllabus to my mentor and she said it was good and just said to be careful about classwork. Our admin is strict about classwork being done in class. So, if a kid completes most of it in class and takes it home to finish, the kids will probably lose it and shouldn't get a 0. This isn't a problem for completion checks because I can record how much a child completed. However, if I want to collect an assignment to grade and a kid doesn't finish it, should I collect it anyways or send it home and hope he brings it back?