When I was a TA in grad school, I did. We had no policy on late penalties so I accepted them for full points because I didn't give a shit about deducting points. You did the work so I'll give you points for it. However, I imagine it'd be very different if I ran an actual classroom as a real teacher or professor. Being a graduate TA is different because teaching is not meant to be a priority in the type of grad program I was in, it's just a service you perform for the university to get your tuition paid.
It depends on a few different things. Have they had some sort of family emergency? Have they been ill - mentally or physically? Are they having problems of some kind? Did I not explain clearly and precisely when it was due? (That would never happen.) I might let them off once without an excuse if they're a good student. But that's it.
I'd be kinda split on that - on the one hand, by accepting a late assignment, I wouldn't be training them effectively to be good cogs in the corporate machine. In other words, mumble mumble life skills mumble mumble. On the other hand, I don't think anybody should have to go through any of this, especially children -- school is clearly a form of child abuse in my eyes. If I were a teacher, I'd very much want to give all the children As no matter what they did to get the pressure off their backs, and also allow them 100% self-directed study. This is why I wouldn't be a teacher.
It depends on the situation. If you have a student w an IEP (individualized education plan) because of certain learning differences they may very well require extra time as one of their accommodations. In that case, we would have to establish what length of time that would look like for them. If the student has faced illness or certain life events then of course that would also be ok. If it’s something else, we would have to discuss it. It’s my job to figure out how to best support students and that doesn’t mean that I’m about to close a door of someone because I’m the classroom dictator. All of us have had a time when we needed a little grace bestowed upon us. However… if you’re just f’n around and trying to take the whole arm when you’ve been extended a hand, you’ve best believe there will be consequences. I pride myself on being empathetic but also “fair”.
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