I have a student who has been asking me for extra credit for about three weeks. I reminded her that I rarely give extra credit, and I wasn’t planning any extra credit assignments for the rest of the school year. She was not very happy. She has a D in my class and wanted to get her grade up.
But then, there were several assignments I gave — some questions over reading, plus a short essay — and she didn’t turn them in. And she came to me again the other day and said, “There are some assignments I didn’t get turned in. You won’t accept them now, will you?” She said it in a rather accusatory manner.
“No,” I replied. “Middle school policy states that work will be accepted one day late for half credit, and will not be accepted after that. The assignments you’re referring to are too late.”
She grumbled, and asked again for extra credit, which I again refused.
I’m just not sure why, if she won’t do the regular work, she thinks she should get opportunities for extra credit. I’m baffled.