Friday, June 4, 2021

Late Late Work

I had finished covering Ms. R's class the week prior. (I'm only allowed to cover a class for up to 30 days.) But Ms. R wasn't back yet. Because of the current sub situation (there's a shortage), I volunteered to remain in the class digitally to input the grades for the eighth graders' finals. (It was a multiple choice final, so it graded itself. All I needed to do was transfer the grades into the gradebook.) 

Okay, so really I remained digitally in the class because I hadn't finished the grading from my time in the class. We had that crash. And the deadline for their late work got pushed back because of it. Plus, they had a project due at the end of the school day on my last day covering the class. So, I needed a couple extra days to get all that done and input into the gradebook. 

It only took me until Tuesday to get it all done. 

So, on Friday, all I had to do was transfer their final exam grades into the gradebook. Basically, it was two clicks. (The scores just import into the gradebook. It's very cool.) 

But before I got to transferring their final exam grades, I got an email from Bentley:

I apologize for turning this in late. I've had a very bad cold and it made it hard to do much work. I understand this may seem like an excuse but please consider grading this. Thank you for your time.

Considering how much that project counted for, and considering how Bentley did manage to complete six late assignments, I figured why not? (She did lose points for turning it in late.) What can I tell you? I'm a soft touch. 

I transferred the kiddos' final exam grades. I finalized their grades for the semester. And that's when I got one more email from a kiddo: 

Hello Mrs.a, for my message to the world project it says that it's missing on this account and I turned it in on the other account before my account got restored. I was wondering if you can fix it or possibly regrade it. Thank you

Considering the mess with the Google Classroom crash, this is likely true. In fact, when I pulled up his project, it looked very familiar. So, of course I graded it. 

When I went to adjust his final semester grade, it went from a D to a C. 

So, I don't feel too bad about allowing these assignments. But don't tell anybody. If word gets out, more of them might try for the exception.

20 comments:

  1. That was nice of you and I promise not to tell. Have a great weekend Liz. :)

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  3. It's good you were able to help out the kids! I imagine with technology all kinds of things come up! Luckily we only had to do online learning for 6 weeks when things first kicked off as it meant that the fact that the system broke wasn't too much to struggle with, haha! The teachers came up with another way for us to do the work that let the kids learn and progress which was nice!

    Hope you have a great weekend ahead of you! It's a fun one here with kids birthday parties!

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    1. Oh, the distance learning thing has been quite the adventure.

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  4. Hi Liz - that was good of you ... particularly with 6 other late assigments. But it'll give her confidence to go ahead ... cheers and enjoy the weekend. Hilary

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  5. Oh it was very kind, and yep of course, it's a secret ;)

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  6. you are so dedicated.... have a wonderful weekend

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  7. That was great that you allowed that and the grade went up.

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  8. I won't tell. What an adventure this school year has been for you and your students both. Let's hope this is the last time you have to do something like this. P.S. I would be interested in more info on the videos re women in World War II you mentioned on my blog. Thanks!

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    1. I kind of liked working from home. But yeah, normal would be good.

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  9. You're probably a favorite sub, tbh. You have a good heart.

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    1. I highly doubt that. Subs aren't generally looked favorably upon.

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  10. Your knowledge of the students also plays into account. I mean, you knew about Bentley and how there'd been that sudden urgency at the end, but the effort had been made. A student suddenly appearing and asking for an extension after being slack all semester would be a red flag with a 'no' the probable response.

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