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How do you handle homework in your math classes?

Apr 9, 2013 5:12am

What kind of assignments do you give? How often? How do you grade it?

  • Math
  • 9-12
  • Assessment

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    • Apr 11, 2013 12:36pm

      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.

      • Apr 20, 2013 11:17am

        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.

        • Apr 9, 2013 7:32am

          Hi Mary,
          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.

          • Apr 11, 2013 3:53pm

            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.