UPDATE: Survey results here!
We talk a lot about lesson plans on our blogs, but there is the huge issue of homework that we don’t discuss frequently. Partly because the discussions easily lose concreteness and get philosophical (why do we assign homework? how do we make sure the homework as meaning?).
However I’m struggling with how I’m doing homework in the classroom everyday. I can get dragged into a too-long discussion about homework problems in class, and I still don’t know how to grade homework in a way that I am not killing myself by collecting it everyday.
The few teachers I’ve talked to about this have shown me that this problem — of finding a good homework system — is pretty universal. A recent post at Kiss My Asymptotes reminded me of this too.
It’s like no one I know has a good solution on how to “do homework well” in the math classroom. That’s crazy to me. I mean, how can that be? And I just know some people must have good ideas/methods. Which is why I’m just casting a wide net looking for what everyday teachers do in their everyday classrooms. If I can collect a bunch of different ideas from different teachers, I can put that out there to show the different ways we do homework. Maybe we can pick and choose bits from other teachers that inspire us!
Because of this, I thought:
We should all band together and make a list of how we deal with homework in the classroom.
So I’d love you forever if you could spend a few minutes filling out this short survey, and I’ll post everyone’s responses soon.
Without further ado: THE SHORT SURVEY!