It may not be comfortable, but educators have to be savvy enough to quit buying the 2.0 version of the dog ate my homework.
A blog post by Alain Meyer entitled "A New Era of Homework Excuses" caught my attention. He talks about how students take advantage of teachers and their ignorance when it comes to technology. Technology becomes the excuse for whatever a student has failed to deliver. I think he has a point. We allow students to take advantage of us in our attempts to extend some grace.
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While in college, I've worked for hours on a paper and then lost a half day's work. Did that change the due date? Nope. Work faster, stay up later, and make it better the second time around. The other day I was working on a document and lost it (due to my own user error). That work did not suddenly go away. I had to redo it and still make my deadlines. It's the real world and although grace is nice, we need to push students away from excuses and toward responsibility. I suppose having them take responsibility for their own learning is a major goal here. Life doesn't always wait for the planets to align. Sometimes we get curveballs at the worst possible times.
As educators, we continue to integrate more technology in the classroom. We need to hold students accountable. I'm not advocating losing all understanding and graciousness with students. We just need to use it a little more sparingly and hold ourselves accountable for some learning in this area. It may not be comfortable, but educators have to be savvy enough to quit buying the 2.0 version of the dog ate my homework.