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Teachers should not accept late work.
The acceptance of late work indicates a deficiency in the planning or communication of the assignment by the teacher or the lack of a work ethic by the student or both. Neither of which will be fixed or given reason to change by accepting the late work.
I have accepted late work at times during my teaching career. I stopped when I realized it did not change the behavior creating the need to accept the late work.
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