I had thought I had a smarter bunch this time.
A smarter bunch wouldn't have tried to turn in papers late without having first asked for an extension. This bunch? Two Muslims and a theater student have all tried it.
I do not take late papers. Not even turned in one class day late, before I've really managed to get much grading done. I've offered them three ways to turn papers in on time: in person in hard copy, through the class site directly to the grade book, and by email attachment. Electronic copy is due by midnight of the due date, which gives an extra thirteen or fourteen hours, depending on which class it is.
Still. Three zeroes.
Yeah, I'm irritated. REALLY irritated. Because two of those papers? Will be C papers at best, and aren't worth my time and effort due to outside issues preventing them from being capable of better.
The other one is an A student who "forgot," because she's the stage manager for both one of the university theater department's plays, and one of the local city little theater plays. At the same time.
Yes, they have a chance to do better--I have a policy that late papers can be turned in during the two hour block of time set aside during finals week for our class. That means, however, that they cannot revise that particular paper.
I cannot bring myself to care that that means that two of them will likely lose their scholarships and be sent home.
I cannot bring myself to care that that means that the other will likely lose a potential letter grade from her potential final grade.
They're supposed to be adults. I cannot let myself care about whether they succeed or not. They have to learn to do this on their own.
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