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Late Homework Pass


October 26, 2009

Some teachers reward students by giving them a free homework pass that allows them to skip a homework assignment. I think this is a really bad idea, because it implies that the homework wasn’t important. Instead of a free homework pass, consider giving your students a late homework pass that allows them to hand in an assignment one day late without penalty. This can be used for those rare times when grandma came over unexpectedly, the playoffs are going on, or a kid was ill the evening before but felt well enough to come to school the next day. Then, instead of excusing students from doing the valuable and necessary work, we are just letting them have a little extra time to complete it.

 

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