In Praise of Assignment Sheets

You know the phrase “there’s no such thing as a stupid question”? We’ve addressed it on this blog before, but today warrants another examination. There are, in fact, stupid questions, though they come not from a lack of intellect but from a lack of utilizing available resources. At least, that’s the case when it comes to assignments.

Educators take the time to create assignment sheets to help alleviate confusion and clarify expectations for assignments. Understandably, they tend to get upset when a student approaches them to ask a question that clearly indicates they have not read the assignment sheet. In order to do well on assignments, you should utilize everything you have available to you. Only after you have consulted the assignment sheet should you ask your teacher questions.

Hopefully, your assignment sheet not only includes a basic overview of your assignment topic, but also a rubric attached. If it doesn’t, however, you can always get clarification from the teacher on what will be assessed. Don’t ask whether grammar or spelling or word choice is important–you should always assume that formatting of the paper is important. Your questions should be tailored more toward what the assignment should actually address.

So consult your assignment sheet. Carry it with you as you set forth on your assignments, and make sure you follow the established guidelines as closely as possible.


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