Zeros on School Assignments

Now secondary educators may be in the habit of handing out zeros to irresponsible students but I am not aware of too many elementary educators who have the nerve to make that move.  Personally I have never given out a zero (an R as in Remedial, sure) unless it was a PM benchmark for reading….and that has only happened once with a child who simply cannot read a word of english even though it is her first (and only) language.

Clearly many parents would be up in arms about handing out a zero to an elementary school child and perhaps this is reasonable to an extent: primary and even junior grade students require consistent adult supervision in order to complete assignments and hand them in on time.  Missing deadlines and handing in barely completed work tends to reflect home life, not the child’s capabilities or interest in school projects. watch RSA animate – changing Educational paradigms 

Grades 7 and 8 however may be a different story.  By that age, most kids should be able to sit down and study on their own.  Years of parental supervision of 12 and 13-year-olds in terms of homework habits should ensure enough responsibility in these students that assignments will get completed unless difficulty level impedes achievement.  In this case, there are many options that can be put into place to address academic difficulty and usually this procedure is put in place years before children enter the intermediate grades. watch the conciolio – parents advocating for student excellence

Breaking down assignments into sections that are granted varying deadline dates is an interesting option that could indeed eradicate the grading of a zero on a student’s paper or test. There are many other options that can assist children in meeting deadlines with quality work, however by high school if this system isn’t already in place, necessary effort and attitude can eradicate this possibility. In other words, it can be very difficult to get a student’s achievement back on track when a teacher is dealing with that student’s “zero” interest in school.  watch edmonton teacher mike tachynski

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