In concert with the Standards Based Grading, I’ve also changed my homework policy. In the past I would check homework completion levels every day from every student. They would have a grade out of 4; 4 fully done, 2 half done or late, 0 not done.
But in Geometry R this year, I haven’t been counting homework as part of the grade. It’s been going rather nicely. I check and record their completion level every time I assign homework, but it never gets turned into a grade.
- I think their grade more accurately gauges where they are in class.
- Smart kids who “get it” right away aren’t being affected if they don’t do the practice on the stuff that they already know how to do.
- Kids who struggle, aren’t being buoyed to a passing level just because they are putting a minimal effort towards the homework. They are now doing both;seeking help after school, AND doing their homework.
- I don’t have to worry about kids copying other’s homework, the payoff isn’t worth it for them.
- I post the answers on the website (nearly) every time I assign homework. I don’t really care if they copy the key.
- So much time gained from not entering 90 grades a year for each student.
- If I stop checking and marking, most of them stop doing the homework. It has to “feel” like a grade.
- Rationally, many of them have a dilemma at home,”If I only have time for homework from one class tonight, then I’m going to do the one that is worth points.”
- The completion rate hasn’t gone down, but it hasn’t gone up either.
To put a bit more pressure on them, I’ve starting putting their homework record on the webpage, so parents can check to see if their child has their homework done. I don’t have any stats about how many parents are using the homework chart to check up on their kids.