What do you do about missing work? I have so many students that miss days or just don’t complete work in class and are given the work to make up, but it never gets turned in. I spent so many days tracking down so many students hounding them for their missing work. Do I keep hounding them or make them be responsible 8th graders and give them zeros until they learn. I only grade 1 per week IF that. There’s usually only 2 handouts a week. The rest of the days are activities or other hands on things

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As a HS teacher I vote put those zeros in! If they were absent and show it to me after I’ll change it but this saves me time later on by not having to put those zeros in. Plus then the parents aren’t shocked by a sudden grade drop because of missing work. I know our grade book lets us enter ABS which counts as a zero and I use it all the time.

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I tell my students I will bend over backwards to help them if they’re willing to work but I can’t care for them. Sometimes no matter what I can’t reach a student. I have found that sometimes with my lower levels taking a day to do grade printouts and showing them what their grade would be if they did all their missing work helps - that takes time though because I do the calculations for them since I just want the missing assignments.

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I hold them accountable. I figure it’s better to learn hard lessons about procrastination now rather than later. If they learn. I send out lists of missing work, I give everyone a printout of what I have in the grade book for them at the end of each unit, and I do just about anything to help, tutor, etc. But at some point, I draw a line and let them beat their heads against accountability. It’s a tough lesson that a few frustrated students are learning now (quarter ends tomorrow and they want to know what they can do in 24 hours to make up for 8 weeks). At some point, I think you have to let them feel the consequences of what they chose.

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Yep I just sent grade reports to those that are failing and I notified their parents/ guardians

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Explain to them how their missing assignments affect their grades. If they don’t care enough to take the responsibility for their missing work. It will be their final grade. Continue to teach how to be responsible. I wish you the best!

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Clarifying: When you say missing work you mean the handouts? Are the handouts given as homework or are they worked on in class?

I’m not sure if this helps, but I’ve decided I need to communicate that every single activity we do has worth, so I’ve started assigning points to all days, including activity days (I’m not sure if you already do that). But points from those days get you to 60% on work!

If the handouts are worked on in class, could you circulate & give credit as kids work in class? Basically, give credit/no credit, but give the kids a way to check their answers & ask questions?

I’m using Google Classroom only to post the work I want everyone to do, physically there or not. I’m not having kids do everything missed—this year is madness with the amount of absences. But if you get parents aware of where they can find the make-up, they can support too…?

For the kids there, if you find giving credit too much while in class, I’d collect the handouts as an exit ticket. That way you make sure you get it ASAP!

For checking as you’re walking, I choose problems that are super important. Without telling the kids, you could always give them credit as you’re walking… Less work for you to do later!

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As a teacher of younger students, this has been a real problem this year for me, too. I've had several out on health protocols for 10 to 12 days. Parents pick up work, teachers offer a time to meet online, post asynchronous resources on Google classroom BUT in most cases the work doesn't come back, comes back incomplete or incorrect. Upon return the kid fails the assessment and I'm stuck figuring out how to find time to reteach or they will be in your 8th grade class still not understanding place value :( I was hoping it was better this year but it is still difficult getting everything back. I would consider why students are absent or not doing the work before giving zeros. Then, student vacations ..... sigh.... we can't win.

Check for understanding in other ways. If they student doesn't turn in their work, but they show they know the material, I exempt them from the work. If they know it on a test, don't mark them down for not doing something when you know they learned it.

I always add the zeros, I have to remind my co teacher to add the zeros. I have parents who see blanks but not zeros and say they don't know what's missing. I need my students to see the lowest grade they are getting and talk to them about everything they do from that point will improve the grade. They can watch the grade go up as they do work.

Give them zeros after trying once to track them down. High school won’t tolerate it so you will be preparing them

The student's have to learn that there are consequences.

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