First off, I think we can all admit that our teachers are weighed down by their caseloads. They have larger classroom sizes than ever before, which makes juggling getting through their curriculum and giving each student one on one attention almost impossible. They deserve a great amount of respect for sticking with a career that is starting to look like a dying profession, thanks to budget cuts. When students turn in their assignments late, it makes the teacher have to grade those assignments while moving on to the next topic simultaneously. They need their loyalty repaid by doing what we can to lighten their load.
On the other hand, students need to be recognized for the effort they put into their assignments. Our society is more fast paced than ever before, even to the point of being labelled hectic. Trying to fit everything into one day is very overwhelming for a person who is only beginning to learn how to become an adult. Every student deserves a complete education. They should not lose out on that education, just because they may need a little extra time.
Therefore, there has to be a balance that can be found. There must be a way to give everybody at least some of what they need, and what I believe they deserve. If we can give teachers less of a workload, they can focus on educating their students. Also if we can allow students more time to complete their assignments, then we ensure that they are understanding the concepts being taught through that assignment.
Finally, I believe there is a way to meet everyone’s needs and reach that middle ground. To lessen the teachers’ workload, I think that at the conclusion of a unit or subject, all assignments for said unit should be cut off. In turn, I think that students should have tiered assignment deadlines. Meaning that if the student turns their assignment in on the original due date then they get full credit. However, if they turn it in the next day they lose a percentage, and each day they wait to turn it in they lose a little higher percentage. This will motivate them to complete them in a timely manner, but still allowing them time to complete them if they really need it. Tick, tick, tick…….no; instead, ready, set, learn!