posted on Nov, 9 2012 @ 05:27 AM
reply to post by Advantage
I do have to say I've been guilty of that one. Not giving credit for wrong answers, but giving them their "checkmark" for "doing" the homework. It's
not a score, just a way of keeping track if they "did" the assignment, not if they did it correctly. However, I always post the correct answers and
ask the kids if there were any that they got wrong and would like to discuss, perfectly willing to do every single one if we need to. We usually
discuss about 1/3 of them depending on whether the kids are honest and ask about the ones they don't understand. I never just "take the papers and
give them credit" though.
However, if she was giving credit as far as scores based on just having a paper turned in, that's not too good
ETA: I always stress that "practice does NOT make perfect, only PERFECT practice makes perfect"
The homework assignment is to practice the skill they learned and ensure they know the processes of doing the problems. I've even made assignments,
given them the answers, then have them do the assignment to see if they can come up with the correct answer I gave them. Of course on those, I check
their work to see if they went through the processes corrrectly.
I sometimes have them write out an explanation of how I got the answer I got. ....every now and then, just for "fun", I give them the wrong answer on
the explanation assignments as a "check" to see if they figure out it's the wrong answer or not. They have to tell me whether the answer is correct or
not, THEN tell me what mistake led to that wrong anwer. That ensures they understand the process and can explain it. It really helps to cement their
understanding as well as address common errors that are made to avoid in the future. When we do those during class, I introduce it as "error
checking". They tend to really like those because they can "argue" a little and treat it like solving a puzzle
Due to being in a public school, I do limit the homework to no more than 1/2 hour an evening, usually a 15-20 minute assignment is sufficient with all
the other activities that kids are involved in these days (other than projects they know about well ahead of time)
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