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__Homework__

Last year was my first year teaching, my first year collecting homework, and my first year grading homework. After this past year, I now understand why my math teachers didn't always give it back the next day, or that week, or even back at all. Holy cow what a time consumer.

#### What I did:

What I started doing the first trimester was to collect the homework every day, and grade it every day. All of my classes, every night. Then in the winter trimester I got lazy, I started to pass it all back at the end of the week. I didn't give it back every day. I noticed that students were doing poorly on quizes and doing the same mistakes they did on their homework. Problem was, they didn't know it was wrong. Because I didn't pass back the homework quickly, I never told them it was wrong.#### What I started to do at the end:

The last trimester I think I found a middle ground that I liked. They would come in every day and for the first 3-5 minutes they would correct their own homework. I had answer keys that I passed out, to each group. (I had groups of 4, each group would get 2) They passed in their corrected homework for me to finalize into a grade.

I liked this system, the students got immediate feed back and I didn't have to grade every problem!

Cons:

- Some students just copied problems they didn't do
- Some students didn't grade, just gave them selves a 100%
- Some students would be so worried about getting a bad grade that they would only correct some of it because I asked them too. (They showed an effort to make me think they corrected it all)

Pros:

- Immediate feed back
- Less grading I had to do
- Students could see that others got problems wrong as well.

#### How I want to improve for this year:

- I want to have students to be able to self grade their homework so they can see what they got wrong, or how they got it wrong.
- I want students to be excited when they solved it a different way then I did.
- I want students to be focused on the steps they messed up on and not the fact their answer doesn't match.
- I want students to know they were not the only ones that got that problem wrong.

__How I plan to do these things;__

- I will hand out the answer key, either typed (if I find myself bored with nothing else to do) or copy the already done hand written key for students to compare their homework with it.
- Students will (if they got the problem wrong) HIGHLIGHT the step in which their homework does not match my homework
- Students will write on the top of their homework the problem number they did differently then mine, and I will give them a shout out or something next class for creative thinking.
- If a student gets a problem wrong they will put a tally next to the number on the key, when I collect the key's I will say "Looks like 3 people got ____ wrong, 5 people got ____ wrong, those must have been tricky." Or something. So students know others got them wrong.
- Have students only have a green pen and highlighter to write in while grading their homework.

#### How to grade?

I struggle a lot with this one. I agree with a lot of research out there that giving feed back is always better then a grade. I want to try doing this, no grades just feed back on the homework. I will write each student comments on the problems they got wrong, or the steps they got wrong.

But my school loves grades. So to grade the homework I will grade them on:

- If they graded it correctly.
- If a student didn't correct a problem then thats points off.
- If a student put in an honest effort.
- If a student doesn't highlight what their error was then more points off.
- If a student clearly wrote in what I had as an answer and didn't attempt a problem, then points off.

Im still thinking about this one. Last year each homework was out of 100% (school standard) and so I did 50% if completed and turned in on time, and 50% correctness. So basically if they turned it in on time and did well then they got between 85% and 95%. Which for homework effort is just fine with me.

How do you do homework?

Any helpful hints for a new teacher?

Thoughts on my idea?

How do you do homework?

Any helpful hints for a new teacher?

Thoughts on my idea?

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