The little group of kiddos with the perpetual inability to finish work (generally consisting of our warm-up handwriting packets and the DLR we do together) won't stop. I implemented a couple weeks back my everything-do-on-Friday, whether it's finished or not, but now I'm wondering if that's the best route. I had a little boy in tears today about the packets he hadn't completed, begging for a chance to finish them at a vague future point. I had been doing some digging the past couple of days and found out that the 1st grade teacher a larger percentage of my class came from (who, incidentally, had been let go at the end of the last year and who now happens to be plaguing my mother in an ELL program at another school) did not require work to be turned in. So I have a number of students who don't know how to finish and turn work in. So, I'm teaching this explicitly, more so than I have. I haven't seen this kind of behavior in seven years of teaching, so I'm up against a mindset from the past year. I'm going with the belief training them on finishing and turning in work will solve most problems. But...I still don't know what to do with the unfinished work I think will still happen and what to do in the meantime. My thoughts: 1. Continue my due-on-Friday policy. This does come with a half-hour I schedule for make-up work. The kids will receive a grade according to what they have done, zeros for what isn't turned in. 2. Send it home with the homework and in essence make it a consequence for the parents to see how so-n-so isn't getting his work done. I'm not sure how many parents, however, will feel this should be done at school--I've friends who feel that way as parents and I can see where they are coming from. 3. Just have 'em miss recess. This is already my policy for one extreme offender and he hasn't had to miss recess in awhile. However, I plan to pump during recess after maternity leave and really don't like the hassle of finding another classroom to go to or another teacher to come in and watch them. Though I'm also hoping at that point missed recess due to unfinished work will be a rare thing. Again, I'm hoping the proper training towards the mindset of "work needs to be done and turned in!" will prevent most of these. I also don't feel I have excessive paperwork: My morning work is a handwriting packet that consists of 4 lines each day, and the DLR packet is 5 small tasks that honestly take about 2 minutes to do. None of my big-time offenders have documented issues, so I don't feel I should be scaling back for them, though I suppose I could scale back temporarily and help them build up their stamina. Sorry for the vent here, but I just have never seen so many kids who are so... helpless... about getting a few tasks finished and turned in and the news about the last teacher's policies are rather disheartening. I would suck it up and say I'm not giving them enough time, except I am. The majority of the class finishes these with time to spare in the timeframe I give. Any advice?