Students not Completing Work

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  1. vivalavida

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    What are some effective strategies for dealing with students who do not complete their assignments? Do you check in with them constantly? We have only completed one week of the semester, yet I have many students who already have not been handing in assignments or completing homework. As a student teacher, this is all a little new to me. I'd like to find a system for handling this earlier rather than later. I talked to individual students today to remind them about missing work, but it was clear that some of them simply didn't care about completing it.
     
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    I post their grades on the wall (student number, not their names) and highlight the missing assignments. I frequently announce that they can and must make up the work.
    Now, at my school, I offer them full credit, as long as they get it done. I give them a loose deadline, but I accept anything at any time, of course 1 month after the lesson it's not that productive.
    I offer them the chance to come in during lunch, etc. Most of them stay on top of it, those who don't, well, I tried, I can't care more about their assignment than they do.

    At your school there probably are different rules; check with your cooperative teacher. There's probably a time frame for the work to be done, possibly reduced credit for late assignments, etc. You want to offer opportunity to make up work, and remind them, but they should be independent enough to get it done with some reminders.
    Calls home might help, but it's probably too early for that.
     
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    I print out lists of missing assignments and give them out individually at the end of each unit. For my freshman classes, I'll make calls home about 2 weeks into the semester. Unless I have a senior repeating- they're on their own. Sophmores, I usually wait until the first progress report to make home calls.

    In my district, this year, "classwork and quizzes" is one category this year and makes up 35% (Tests are only 20%, go figure...) so that's actually been helpful when they realize how badly a 0 hurts their grade.
     
  5. JRafko

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    Give the assignments to them again or contact home saying they need to stay after to complete missing work to prevent any make-up later in the year.
     
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    Assignments print again and say to complete this assignment and also send a complaint note to his parents/
     
  7. AdamnJakesMommy

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    I teach 4th grade math so it would be crazy if I had loose deadlines. Once an assignment is due, I start taking points for lateness (2 points per day, very very kind policy IMO). After two weeks, I have them stay in during recess for up to 5 days (they can still do the work at home, in homeroom, while they eat lunch, etc. and end up missing only one day of recess--unfortunately most end up staying in the whole week). Once Friday is up, if it's not turned in I put a 0 in the gradebook. At that point it is 3 weeks late and I've hounded them for their work and they STILL haven't turned it in. They still can turn it in at this point, and I would given them some credit, but at that point it is entirely between the child and his parents as to why he has a 0--I am not hounding them anymore for it.
     
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    Kindergarten here. I'm just Elementary but here's a system I adopted from a high school teacher I know:

    If the student does not turn in the work the first day, they get a second chance the next day. Day 3, five points off. By day 5 the work has to be completed, so they just get partial credit. So my students get a week with reminders home.

    To keep up with the assignments I have five color coded homework folders and I put out one daily, that way I can keep up with who turned in what on which day.

    My students have a daily folder that gets sent home so normally extremely late work is not an issue. The system is mostly for my benefit, but I am also trying to teach my kids some responsibility.

    I'm sure MS/HS is much tougher in regards to getting students to turn in work. Regardless of what you choose I highly recommend a daily folder of some sort. It helps you keep track of everything and is way more organized.
     
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    I'm starting something this quarter to catch those students earlier as well.

    On the days of my lunch-time homework club, I will print out slips for each student who is missing assignments and invite them to homework club.

    Students who are not passing will be escorted to my homework club (meaning it is required for them).

    I can also send out mass emails to parents of students who are below a certain grade level and are missing assignments with our gradebook system.

    I'll do this weekly as well.

    My regular system is that a student can complete an assignment any day that week, and as long as it is turned into me by Friday in our homework packet, then it will be accepted for full credit.
     
  10. mr_post22

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    Make it known that late work will not be accepted and it will be a zero if it is not turned in by he end of the day it is due.
     

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