What kind of assignments do you give? How often? How do you grade it?
It just depends on my purpose.
What really has helped me help them is that at the top of an assignment....I have them one sentence that described what their impression is of their performance for the good. What did they find easy and where they felt proficient. And then they write another sentence about where they are still stumbling and need more help/practice. I try and spot trends in where most people are having trouble and then I design that into warmups and more HW practice sheets. This has worked so well and the students are learning to identify their strengths and weaknesses much better.
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I see homework as a student check to see if they learned the concept taught in class that day. Homework should not be lengthy, but a quick check and review of concept or skill taught, usually between 5 to 10 questions tops. The fewer the better! I Do a quick check around the room for completion as they are checking their answers up on the overhead. The idea is to get them to practice it at home, and I do not penalize for incorrect answers if they tried, and showed their work. (Papers with no work is a 50, simply for the effort to turn something in, even if all answers are correct). It is a fast way to help struggling students gain a few more points in their daily average for effort alone and puts a positive spin on homework rather than drudgery, especially for those that typically get a bad grade because they miss them and receive a bad grade.
Check system or basic 100 - completed, 85 most done, 70 some done, 50 up to half done or no work shown, 0 not done.
I teach 7th grade math. I have a simple completion point system for homework scale from 0-5. Work shown for anything above a 3. I look over quickly if I have extra help like from a classroom volunteer, I have her go over the text book linked homework. I also give a variety of homework. I have found that if you pick up every day, yet keep the option open for make-up work without penalty, my student will eventually get it done. I feel that if I can get them to spend anytime at home on math, I have already won.
This depends on the class and the grade level. With Seniors, I have done once a week collection on a 10 point grade scale. With lower level math classes, I collect homework every day and do a quick grade - check for overall completion and then choose 3-4 problems to check for accuracy. This includes some easier and some more challenging problems. These I usually do on a 4 point grade scale or a check/check minus/check plus. It doesn't take long to grade that way and I can get it back to the students quickly. Showing work when needed is always a requirement to get full credit.
Thanks all--lots of great ideas. Marsha, I love your idea. I have my students put :) :| :( on top of their exit slips, but I will start doing a smiliar reflection now. I think its so helpful for them to think about how they feel about a topic.
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