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I did do my homework, the teacher lost my book.....

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Beetroot Wed 01-Oct-08 19:08:58


AMumInScotland Wed 01-Oct-08 19:41:42

Sounds fair enough - is he/she having to redo it now though?

< By the way, there was a choir school question in Education at the weekend - they were looking for you >

Hulababy Wed 01-Oct-08 19:44:51

It does happen.

With the best will int he world, even good teachers can mislay things.

Beetroot Wed 01-Oct-08 19:55:38

three preps - he siad he had done 2 of them andwritten down the thrid wrong

Choir question? will look

roisin Wed 01-Oct-08 21:59:35

three preps for three different teachers, or one?

Has he given this explanation just to you or to the teacher too?

It is possible, but ...

SqueakyPop Wed 01-Oct-08 22:03:58


I am very strict about when I accept books because I know my limitations.

I accept books in class, when they are due. Then I am really careful with them. If I get things in late, it is more risky.

I have a shelf, where they can leave homework (designed for stuff that is due in early, so that I can get it marked before their lesson).

When I mark books, I store them in the room where they will have their next class. I never take books home.

Even if I am totally lax, there are only 3 or 4 places where anything could be, so easy enought to track down. In my experience, missing books are either under the pupil's bed, in their locker, or in once of their classmate's locker.

Beetroot Thu 02-Oct-08 07:44:04

three preps for same teacher.

not told teacher but teacher has phoned home as he has a detention!

sayithowitis Thu 02-Oct-08 16:39:28

When I was at school, ( hundreds of years ago!) I handed in my geography homework in October and the teacher mislaid it. Every week afterwards I did my homework on paper, because she wouldn't give me a new book and every week she refused to mark it because it wasn't in a book. Every week I was given a detention for not doing my geography homework! Fast forward to the following September. New geography teacher walks into the first lesson of the year and says ' which one is Sayithowitis?' I own up and am gobsmacked when she gives me the geography book I had handed in the previous October. The old teacher had found it stuck between the wall and her desk in the staff room. She never did apologise to me and I hate geography to this day! So yes, it could be genuine! Only you know your chld well enough to know what is most likely!

magentadreamer Thu 02-Oct-08 16:50:46

Erk Sayithowitis no wonder you went off Geog! DD came home today with her science class work on a bit of paper -her book as gone astray and it's the teacher who's lost it. Hopefully DD will be reunited with her book soon, thankfully the teacher has owned up to losing it!

SaintRiven Thu 02-Oct-08 16:53:28

ds1's teacher lost his whole GCSE Geography project. Poor ds1 had to do the whole thing again. Teacher managed a mumbled apology. I was fuming angry

mumeeee Thu 02-Oct-08 21:12:08

This happened to DD2. Her Maths teacher lost her course work.So she had to re do it.

fizzbuzz Thu 02-Oct-08 21:32:36

IME, if work goes missing, it is because it has handed in late or put in the wrong place. This is almost without exception.

If the lost Geography project was lost in the school, then special consideration should have been applied for.

I am sick to the teeth of being accused of losing things when it almost always turns up at the pupils house.

Did he hand it in on time in the right lesson?

SqueakyPop Thu 02-Oct-08 22:44:29

I agree, Fizzbuzz.

We are all human and capable of losing things, but most teachers will have personal procedures to minimise this.

It's amazing how pupils will swear blind they handed in their books though. There's no way of proving one way or the other until the book shows up, but in 95% of losses, it is the pupil who has it.

I simply won't take work from a pupil in the corridor, in the staff room or wherever. It has to be in the classroom, where I have a place for storing their books and papers.

We don't have locked classrooms in our school, so they are always free to put in their work outside of normal lesson times.

For coursework, pupils do it on the computer nowadays. If it gets lost, the most they have to redo is their graphs. Although we don't have coursework nowadays (yeah!), I had little sympathy for those who said they handed it in and was nowhere to be seen. The reason for the melodrama over the extra effort was because they were genuinely starting from scratch (having not previously put pen to paper).

SaintRiven Fri 03-Oct-08 08:15:27

Fizz, yes he did. To the correct teacher. In the classroom in the correct lesson.
Teacher admitted he lost it but thats a fat lot of good.
Cos it was a geography project it was like a scrapbook of newspaper articles. Irreplaceable.
I had to go buy more bloody newspapers so he could re-do the blasted thing.
I prefer exam based GCSE's myself, no coursework.

fizzbuzz Fri 03-Oct-08 08:45:17

But if the teacher had lost it, then he shouldn't have had to redo it!

You can apply for special consideration from the exam board for lost work, even unmarked lost work

I've had to apply for 2 of mine already! Then one found it in his attic!

SaintRiven Fri 03-Oct-08 08:48:54

they never told us that. Mr X just said, oh do it again over the summer.
Same Mr X who gave ds2 a hard time for not knowing something the others studied last year when he only joined the school at aged 13 a few weeks ago.
I'll bring it up at parents evening.

Buda Fri 03-Oct-08 09:00:02

I remember at school once our geography teacher handed back all our homework. She then asked if anyone hadn't had theirs back. 2 pairs of hands went up. She had to then admit the the dog had eaten their homework! Twas very funny. Esp as her sister was in the class and was giggling away!

fizzbuzz Fri 03-Oct-08 09:24:17

Riven, thats awful. How long did it take him? I never make students redo lost work UNLESS I think they won't get special consideration.

This is usually if it is only a small piece. However if the school had lost it, he shouldn't have had to redo it all

thebutlerdidit Fri 03-Oct-08 09:31:42

I once handed in English homework and when it came to the lesson I got bollocked for handing in a book without the work in. We had 2 English exercise books so I apologised profusely and said I must have made a mistake and handed in the wrong book. I started to walk back to my desk but before I got there I found the work in the book I had handed in and told her that the work was there. Got second bollocking and detention for 'slight of hand' swapping of excercise books.

SaintRiven Fri 03-Oct-08 12:11:15

fizz, took him most of the summer with a lot of bitching and complaining grin
He hates doing projects.

fizzbuzz Fri 03-Oct-08 13:34:15

Did the teacher see it?

If they did, I really can't understand why they didn't make an application. It seems a clear cut case to me.

How much of course work mark was it worth?

Beetroot Fri 03-Oct-08 13:35:51

the outcome was that he had done his homeowkr but had not handed it in. So did detention and then last night asked e to write him a note as he had more maths to do and had not done it...

He got up early to do it so is up to date now!!!!

SaintRiven Fri 03-Oct-08 13:36:41

it was either 10 or 20%. I really should have tackled the school but being new to the whole school thing didn't think too.
Am now feeling hugely guilty. Hopefully ds1 did it better than the first time. He hates geography anyhow and only did it cos classics wouldn't fit in his timetable. He doesn't care if he fails it. He wants to do A level science and maths anyhow.

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