The name of today’s post is taken from a very good Magic card, but also the way that students seem to think late work will affect their grades in my course. So it has a double meaning.
Obviously, it is Report Card Season, as I have mentioned in other posts. As of this writing, I am actually over halfway through the process, way ahead of schedule. I have some students providing late work, but with this being a fifteen week report card, it’s not URGENT that late work make it “under the wire.”
With that said, there is still a lot to handle. I have finalized grades for over half of my classes, with two remaining open…but really, I’m not anticipating a huge amount of change before I close out those two classes today. Students that were going to respond to the “wake up call” already have, and have provided a generous but not massive, stack of assignments to go on the hopper.
It is not nearly as large as the late work pile for the ten week report cards, which is a bit discouraging. That suggest that fewer students “in jeopardy” are that interested in making a change now, and ultimately passing the class. Kind of a grim statement.
I’m always amazed at the sense of urgency attached to late work. For example, Student A turns in an assignment that is four weeks late. Once that is in, Student A expects that somehow I am going to grade that work immediately, because I have just received it, instead of it going to the bottom of the proverbial stack. I’ll get questions about it, inquiries, messages through the school system, as if it has to be done right now, even though it is four weeks late by my reckoning.
There has been a bit of that, which can be mildly grating.
It was fun drawing this quick sketch with Cap and her friend Tamiyo, who is “helping.” Tamiyo actually likes paperwork, and clearly, Cap does not.