by Kristie Burk, DASD Coordinator of Cyber and Blended Learning
As educators, we all have different ways to address missing work from students. Thank you to Carol Warren, Curriculum Leader for the Counseling Department, for sharing this blog post from Catlin Tucker about making students email their parents about missing work.
Tucker is a Google Certified Innovator, best-selling author, international trainer, and frequent Edtech speaker, who currently teaches ELA in Sonoma County where she was named Teacher of the Year in 2010.
In her post, Tucker says that she makes students with missing work write their parents an email to explain why they have not completed the work they were assigned. They must CC her on the email, use the formal business letter format, and propose a specific action plan to catch up on their work.
“This strategy is so simple but so effective! Students are rarely asked to take ownership of and responsibility for their work. Typically, a parent does not realize there is a problem until a zero is entered into a gradebook or report cards are mailed home. Requiring students to… take responsibility for their work at various check-points …creates an incentive for students to prioritize their school work. This strategy also takes the responsibility off of the teacher, who is typically the person tasked with reaching out to the parents when there is an issue.” – Catlin Tucker, ELA teacher.
It’s an interesting idea worth thinking about!