It's this time of year (when grades are due for credits) that students, parents, teachers, and administrators are all stressing out. In my own case it is because so many students failed themselves and did not attain mastery of concepts in my class. Despite that, for some there is legitimate reason to allow for an incomplete to be provided for them as long as they have a contract to fulfill later on. Some of our students will have to come to tutoring sessions; others will need to take tests they missed; still others might have to complete community service time. It's a wonderful (and unfortunate) way of allowing kids to demonstrate mastery later. Sometimes it can be overused and abused - I just hope what I'm doing this year is not that way.
I am a math teacher in the New York Department of Education. I infuse technology and real-world problems into my curriculum in order to prepare my students for the future. I would love for people across the country to recognize we teachers can't do it alone. If you don't believe me, come visit my classroom!