(aside–so strange that 2010 is NEXT YEAR! I used to use that date all the time in my papers for school for a date that was so far off in the future anything was possible!)
So we’re working on deadline in yearbook and have been for the last two months solid. This week everything but the very last pages had to be done.
It’s not like English where you can just take a zero. If you don’t do the work, someone, some organization or sport or teacher or cause gets completely left out or someone else has to step up and try to salvage what’s undone.
In the past, I’ve had one or two kids who never got the work done on time, and I could talk to them or threaten the all powerful F or have the editors talk to them or post their names outside the door with a note that said something along the lines of when your yearbooks don’t come out until June, these are the students who missed deadline, and the work would get done. It might be last minute, but it was complete.
This year about five students on the entire staff consistently meet deadline.
The others don’t. And they’re totally okay with that. They’re not only okay with it, they often get mad if I call them on it. My request that they do heir work is just too much.
One girl missed her deadlines and on her grade sheet she said she deserved a high B because even though her layouts were a MONTH LATE, they did get done.
That attitude is the norm. And I’m at a loss for how to fix it.
When my staff fails, I look at it as a personal failure. What have I done to make this totally okay with them? What have I not done?
Next year the new grading policy will go into effect and I , for the most part, agree with what it says, but this failure to meet deadline thing is a real problem, and I’m not sure the grading policy won’t make that worse.