Just finished a school-designed lesson on this very topic. We are trying to rethink our grading policies and were asked to design something for our classroom to show our standing on late work. I created a web page with the following Q&A dialogue: Q: Okay, I've had other things going on and I'm a little behind on my work. If I catch up, what's the penalty for turning in work late? A: Penalty? Why on earth would I penalize you for realizing your education is important and taking the time to hand in quality assignments? There is no penalty for late assignments in this class. Q: Wait, then why do you have a Pacing Guide that tells me when things are due? If you don't have a due date in this class, why bother? A: The Pacing Guide is just that; a guide to help you keep in step with where I am teaching the material. Nothing is set in stone except for the date that I must start calculating your quarter or semester grade. That is a deadline set by the school for me and I cannot break it. Between now and then, however, is pretty fluid. Q: What if I want to work ahead of where the class is? A: I try to release the material at least one unit in advance of where the class is working. However, I will not grade those assignments until the day after we have held our live discussion of the material. That way, if you realize you want to go back and correct what you have done, you can do so before I even look at the assignment. Q: That reminds me, what if I don't like the grade I got on an assignment? A: You are welcome to redo any assignment for full credit after you have either watched the live explanation of the material (proof you have watched the recording counts) or have talked with me about it over the phone. This includes written assignments as well as automated quizzes. You must talk with me before I will accept or reset corrected work. How else can I help you learn?