3 strategies to get those missing assignments turned in

student working on missing assignment at home

3 strategies to get those missing assignments turned in

As we get closer and closer to the end of the school year, it happens as reliably as the changing of the seasons—students notice the late, missing, or forgotten assignments that might have a real impact on their grade.

Sound familiar?

Most teachers spend too much valuable time toward the end of the school year reminding students about their missing assignments, but it doesn’t have to be time-consuming or painful.

Here are 3 simple and repeatable tips to help classroom teachers encourage students to—finally—submit those late, missing, or forgotten assignments.

 

1. Help students manage their own assignment completion

There’s no better way to promote accountability than to help students to keep track of and manage their own assignments list, and LMS tools like Schoology or Google Classroom make the process easier than ever before.

 

With clear assignment instructions and due dates, every student can log into their LMS and see a clean list of which assignments have been turned in, and which are still outstanding—even if they miss a class!

 

2. Get parents, families, and caregivers on board to help keep students on track

One of the best ways to keep students from getting too far behind is to recruit the champions they have outside school. When parents and guardians are kept in the loop about the assignments that are upcoming, along with expectations and due dates, they can help students avoid missing assignments well before the due date.

 

Keeping parents and guardians aware when assignments become late or get entered as missing increases the likelihood that assignment will get completed too. The Parent/Guardian Portal in Schoolytics is a great way to give parents and guardians easy access to student assignments in each of their classes. There are even reminders you can automate when an assignment is late or counted missing.

With Parent / Guardian Portal, caregivers can see all the missing assignments for their students in once place—even across grades, teachers, and classes!
 

3. Send automated reminders when assignments are past due

You know what they say: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

 

Setting up a Schoolytics account and syncing it with your Google Classroom (remember: it’s free to sign up!) lets teachers set up an automated report of late or missing assignments, so you never have to click into each Classroom for assignment details!

The Late Work Report in Schoolytics shows all assignments from all students across your active classrooms in Google Classroom that were turned in after the due date
Schoolytics makes it easy to see students’ late work across all your classroom and assignments. Any assignments turned in after the due date will show up here, so you can identify students, classes, or assignments with late work patterns and intervene quickly.

You can even set up automatic reports for late or missing assignments (Friday late work roundup anyone?) and now you can send a bulk reminder to every student with a link to their missing work.

Bulk Email Missing Assignments
See that BULK EMAIL MISSING ASSIGNMENTS button? It’s your new best friend

These interventions make it quick and simple to keep students on track for assignment completion, and reduce the headache for teachers to have to manage chasing down late or missing assignments.

 

Have any other tips for helping keep late and missing assignments under control? Let us know on Twitter at @Schoolytics