Some things to know about homework in my class:
- Doing the homework correctly is a very important part of being prepared for the exams. I don't assign it just so the kids have something to do and I have something to grade.
- The problems ususally come straight from the text. Sometimes some of the numbers will be different or things may be in a different order, but for the most part the problems are directly from the book.
- I grade the homework for accuracy, just as I grade exams. It doesn't make any sense to me to have kids do homework but not let them know if they are correct. The feedback part is how both the students and I know if they are learning the material and are prepared for the exams.
- There are several ways to get help on homework:
- I usually ask students at the start of class if they have any questions on the homework
- The math lab is open before school and every period during the day (I am in the lab during 9th period this year, but all the teachers are able to help)
- I am usually at school pretty early and stay a bit late. We can almost always work someting out, if a student asks.
- For select problems, I have made videos of me solving the problems so students can review how I do it and what I am looking for. These videos are available through Google Classrom.
- If a student is having trouble getting the homework done by the due date, they need to say something to me so we can work out an acceptable timetable. I don't like to take points off becasue something is late, but there is a point where if it is too late it doesn't do them any good. All homework needs to be in 3 class periods before an exam to get credit. This gives me time to grade it and get it back so the student knows how they did.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about this.