Leaving things to the end of the week I can see as a good choice, but leaving student work graded for a month, I honestly cannot support. There is no reason why an assignment should sit in your briefcase that long. By the time the student gets it back its completely irrelevant and unhelpful. I am talking about absent work as I do not regularly take late work (my students are allowed 2 late works a term). I said I would not support a teacher holding onto an assignment for a month and not grading it simply because it was turned in absent or late. Holding onto an assignment for a month from a parent and an administrator's view. I never said I would support bad student behavior. However, look at it from the outside if your child was absent and the work took a month to be graded and he had a failing grade for a month, how angry would you be? I see it just as if I waited a month to return your evaluation simply because we had to reschedule a few days later. That would be entirely unprofessional and LAZY on my part. I teach two courses a day and am a Principal of a School, so trust me I do not need to be reminded about the work load a teacher has.