But, for most students, in order for them to do it, I need to grade it - at least somehow. I suppose that's fair enough - they put in the effort, I should reinforce their effort by recognizing it. But, they hate doing it...they copy...they do just enough to get by. How do I get kids to recognize that practice is important and give it their all like this...

and not like this...

And the truth is...I hate going over homework. I don't mind explaining things that kids that really tried didn't get, but I hate reading all the answers and then doing problems for people that didn't try anyway. Ughh...it's a struggle.

What I usually do is walk around the room and give students 5 points for having an attempt at every problem in front of them. If they don't do their homework at all, I give them 0 out of 5 points. They can earn somewhere between 0 and 5 points by having some of their homework. I like this method because it rewards kids for doing it without me having to collect a whole bunch of papers that I don't really have a lot of time to deal with every single day. However, it also doesn't separate out the kids that copied and the kids that actually did everything. I have always figured that the kids that actually do the homework will do better on test day and it will all get separated out in the end.

So, I put the question to you blog readers...help me get the year started right. How do you encourage and deal with homework in your middle or high school math classroom?

I have posted about how I do homework several times.

ReplyDeleteI agree students NEED it, parents also WANT it, at least the ones I talk to do.

It's a lot though when you see so many students and have only 40-55 minute classes.

I do hw 3x a week, Mon, Tues, and Thurs.

Homework is short 5-10 questions

I go over hw the next day, but only a few problems

Students who do not return hw, sign a no hw binder and lose 5 points for each missing hw assignment

After 3 missing assignments, THEY call home and tell their parents they are missing assignments

I accept late hw for -1 point.

Students receive a daily grade at end of six weeks.

here's one post I wrote: http://hodgesherald.blogspot.com/2013/02/ms-funday-sunday-homework.html

Elizabeth

Hodges Herald

We totally changed how we did homework last year and LOVED it...here's my post: http://livelovemath.blogspot.com/2013/05/my-thoughts-on-homework.html

ReplyDeleteJennifer, I do homework similar to you. I give homework (usually no more than 10 problems) Monday through Thursday. While they are doing the warmup, I walk around and check homework. My hw is worth 25 points, though, and I give them one HW grade a week. I give either 0, 15, or 25 points per assignment. Fifteen points if they didn't complete all of it, but have more than 1/2 completed. I tell them from day one, that in order to get any credit, they have to show work!

ReplyDeleteThis seems to work well for me.

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