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Pop Quiz: Deadlines

This pop quiz is apropos because it is about deadlines and I am late with posting this post.

One of the things that I try to do in my class is to make the consequences for failing to meet deadlines based in reality.  When you work at a job and you are working on a project what are the consequences if you are late?  The reality is that there are no consequences until your project is needed.  If your project deadline is when your boss is on vacation, the true deadline is when they get back.

That is my late policy.  The assignment is not late until I start grading.  Grading may begin the moment your class is over or it may be the next day, but once I put pen to paper if you turn in an assignment it is considered late.

I am your client and I am displeased.

To show my displeasure, if you give me the assignment on the day I return the papers to the rest of the class, I will deduct 10%.  If you give it to me after that I accept it, note that you did the assignment, but there are no points awarded.  At the end of the marking period if you have given me every single assignment you will pass the marking period by 0.1%, or if you are within 2 percentage points I will round your grade up to the next higher letter grade.  .

This last policy of passing and the rounding stems from my class being a high school freshman required class.  My students do not choose my class.  They do not major in it.  My class is an introductory course that every student must take.  My students may not be good at it, they may not like it, but if they show the minimum effort of completing the required work they deserve the minimum passing grade.   I might think differently if my class was taken by choice.

I am not a fan of the current “business” model of education, where I am the provider and the student is the client, but I could get behind a model where the teacher is the client.  I think this model makes sense.  A student is required to “make a living” or rather pass certain classes, be proficient in certain skills.  I present my requirements, I give training to help my student (my provider) meet my needs and then they supply me with the “proposal” or the “bid” for the project.  I evaluate the “proposal” and determine if it meets my requirements, if it does they are given full payment (all the points for a project).  If it almost meets my requirements they are awarded partial payment, and if it does not meet my requirements I’ll either reject it or if there is time give my students another chance.

So today’s question is this: What is your stance on deadlines?  What is the foundation for that stance?

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Jennifer teaches science in a public school in Pennsylvania. She lives there with her husband and two dogs.

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