Checking homework

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  1. djmondi

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    What is your procedure for checking if students have done their homework or not? I use a sheet for math that has four problems on it for the week and they do one each night. Plus they have a weekly reading and behavior log that should be signed each night. I'm trying to figure out the quickest way to see who has completed their homework each day (in 2nd grade). I had a great assistant the last two years that did all this for me and I'm pretty sure she is being moved. I'm not sure with getting someone new if he/she will still check the homework each day or if it will become my responsibility so I'm trying to prepare myself as much as possible.
     
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    I give a weekly spelling sheet plus a math sheet each night. I just circle around the classroom and stamp the sheets while the kids do morning work. I carry a clipboard with a class spreadsheet attached and highlight the square of kids who didn't bring their homework completed and put an "A" if the kid is absent and I need to ask for work when they return. It takes maybe 2-3 minutes to circle around the classroom. I don't take homework for a grade, but I'll circle questions for the student to redo if it's incorrect. They correct it on the spot.
     
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    I've used a checklist before. That worked ok. I like snickydog's idea. I think I'll try that next year. I don't agree with grading homework because some parents do it for the kids (in the grown ups writing!!!).

    I saw on a website that a teacher had a folder and a students was assigned the "homework keeper" and they checked off when students turned in their work. The teacher graded it or looked at it later when she had time.

    I like the idea of giving instant feedback though.
     
  5. RainStorm

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    I do weekly homework. Each part has points assigned to it. The spelling menu is worth 30 points. The reading log is worth 40 points. The math/science/social studies portion is worth 30 points. So if a portion is missing (say they didn't do their reading log for 2 of the 4 days we give homework) they would onlyl get 20 points instead of 40.

    I base my grade on completetion...not correctness...but that is because I teach 2nd grade. Some kids don't have anyone at home to check things over for them. If I notice they got answers wrong, I call them up and go over it with them. If I notice that a lot of students struggled with one section, I know I need to go back and cover it again. But if they tried to do all of the math, they get full credit.

    I have a stamp (I got it from VistaPrint) that says "Checked but not corrected." so parents know I didn't put a check or an X on every single part of it.

    If they got something wrong, I often circle it with a highlighter, and write "Redo #16 for full credit" -- which is amazing, because parents will help them redo it, and understanding the material is my goal anyway.

    It generallytakes me about 20 minutes on Friday to go through everyone's homework for the week and put a score on the top.

    I couldn't do daily homework. THat would drive me crazy!
     
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    You mentioned "instant feedback." I collect homework on Friday morning. I score it either during lunch (while I chat with coworkers) or while my students are taking their weekly tests, or I give an assignment that will take about 20 minutes so I can get it done. The students get their scored homework that same day.

    I have a strict policy that I never waiver from -- I grade everythign within 24 hours. No exceptions. I get it into the online grade book within 48 hours. (Usually I get it in within the original 24 hours.) I want parents to be able to look right away and see if an assignment is missing. I know some teachers who let everything pile up for weeks and then grade -- and by then, it is too late to realize that a student is totally lost!
     
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    Do you have a set of things you do each week? I know that you do a choice activity for spelling. What's your reading log? Do you just staple it all together? I think I really like this idea! :woot: Do you only check it on Fridays? Can they turn it in early? Let me know!!
     
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    I absolutely will not accept early. I would lose it! It is due on Friday morning. I have BEAR binders, so they have a pocket where their homework stays until then.

    You asked "Do I staple it all together." My answer is no -- because my weekly homework takes one sheet -- front and back. I don't believe in giving 20 math problems for homework. If they child can easily do them, they don't really need to show me that 20 times. If they can't do it, do I really want them to do 20 incorrect problems? I usually give only 5 math problems. I give one social studies and one science question. (That is a district requirement -- must include science and social studies.) They have a reading log, and a spelling menu. Gifted students can "opt out" by completing alternative assignments either on my website (they can log in, so I see their scores or playing time) or the gifted resource teacher provides take home packs for students with no at-home internet access.

    But my homework is on one sheet. Our district requirement is that homework not take more than 45 minutes in 2nd grade. If they read for 20-30 minutes, the spelling and math/science/social studies takes the rest.

    If you want to pm me with your email address, I'll be glad to send you a sample of what my weekly homework sheet looks like.

    And yes, they do have to copy the math over onto notebook paper because there isn't room on my homework sheet to always do it. This is because we are extremely limited in copy paper. If I had more copy paper, I would probably make the print bigger and use two sheets.
     
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    I do staple my sheet and their notebook paper together when I collect it.
     
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    I can't wait to see an example. You might answer this by sending me a copy, but... What about the reading log? Do parents have to sign?
     
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    Yes. The reading log is a part of it, and parents have to sign it each night. If they forget, I deduct 5 points per day -- so they can lose 20 points (Monday-Thursday) if the parent doesn't bother to sign it.

    I always put a note that it can be completed and resubmitted by Wednesday if the parent forgot to sign the reading log. Sometimes it is just an honest mistake and the parent was busy and forgot. That way if it was just an honest mistake, I can raise the grade when they do it. If they never get around to it, the original grade stands.

    If parents don't bother, they can just take the deduction. 80 percent is still passing, and homework only counts 5%, so it doesn't really hurt too much. Of course, if they child isn't doing any reading at all, it is usually evident.
     
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    Do you check the reading log everyday or just Friday with other assignments?
     
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    I collect homework on Friday, and it is on the homework sheet. Why make more work for yourself when you don't need to?
     
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    I see that now that I looked at the examples.

    I'm all about making it easy on the teacher! :) You said that you'll let them make it up if the parent forgot. How can they make it up once it's turned in on Fridays?

    A co-worker (4th gr.) makes a packet of worksheets (we're not very limited on copies at my school) that was due on a designated day. I'm trying to get all my questions answered and wrap my brain around this new (to me anyway) way of assigning homework. I'm going to try to use both of your ideas in my own way. I definitely want to make it easy for the parents to check off and for the kids to complete. I especially want to make it practical for me. I know that I'm going to have to work ahead to get it the way I want it. Thank you so much for sharing with me!!!
     
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    The students turn it in Friday morning. I check it and give it a score during the day Friday, and if it is incomplete, I have a stamp that says "Can be completed and resubmitted by ____ for full credit." I stamp it, and hand it back to the child by the end of the day Friday. They put it in their "Important Notes Home" pocket in their BEAR binder. What ever score I gave it with the missing information, I enter into the electronic grade book.

    If it was an honest (and one-time) mistake, the parent is embarrassed, they fix it, and send it back in on Monday. I add the points, and update the score in the electronic gradebook. Most of the time, if it doesn't get back on Monday, then I don't ever get it back. No skin off my nose!

    If it is a habitual thing, I just don't stamp it. I figure, I gave them previous chances and the parent still isn't taking responsibility for her/his part, so I don't worry about it.

    Now, I have one child who absolutely cannot get his mother to sign it -- she is just difficult beyond belief (never sends in field trip money, never sends in lunch money, never picks up his report card..etc.) I felt bad holding it against him, so I have him go to the reading specialist Friday morning on his way to class, and she asks him a few questions about the books he put on his reading log, and if she feels he really did read them, she signs it. Problem solved. But that really is a rare exception -- in all the years I"ve been doing this, he is the first one who just couldn't a parent to sign it.
     
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    Great ideas!

    Last year I did daily homework (we use ABeka and each student has his/her own books and has to complete nearly all the questions/problems in them) and checked for completion. I had a "homework helper" each week to check off the homework. Those who did all their homework and had their assignment sheet signed could play homeworkopoly.

    The major pitfall was students filling in answers or copying someone else's homework. I also had some students never turning in homework. So I think I may have a better idea for next year:

    I'll have a "weekly homework" board in the classroom and post the homework for the entire week every Monday. Then, I'll give them the option to complete their work daily or weekly. I'll still have the homework helper checking daily homework and those who do it daily will be rewarded with playing homeworkopoly.

    All homework will be required to be turned in by Saturday (we don't have school on Friday or Sunday). I'll spot check everything (to find those who are copying or filling in answers). If someone is caught cheating in some way, I'll have them re-do the entire assignment and copy a character poem. Hopefully that will nip it in the bud.

    Finally, I'll choose one assignment per week to grade, rotating subjects so I get a few for each subject.

    I haven't completely figured out how to find homework grades yet. I want to deduct more points for cheating rather than just not turning it in (we have a huge cheating problem in our school). I want to give credit for completion as well.

    Ah, I feel like my brain is going to explode. I'm obviously still in the brainstorming stage of this thing. I hope it's comprehensible.
     
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    One thing I did when I taught upper grades is give a homework quiz. It is exact problems from the homework assignment. If the child actually did them himself then he will have no problem doing them. If he copied the answers down, he won't do well.
     
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    This past year I had a two-pocket folder that they had to put their homework in. I had two students go around and collect them and put them on my desk. During snack I would flip through each folder and see who had it complete. Those who didn't stayed in for recess to complete it.

    It worked, but it involved me seriously hustling during snack time to make sure I had it all accounted for before recess.

    I think for this year I may have my HW Collectors also mark off who has it done and who doesn't. What I assign for homework this year will also be different. It will be much simpler and I plan on making it relatively routine each week. I will probably have kids drop off their math homework in one bin and their spelling in another etc etc.. then my homework collectors no longer need to collect.. they can just tally.
     
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    That's a great idea! How do you average that grade in your gradebook? I have a homework/classwork grade for each subject.
     
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    I love this idea, Rain Storm!!! I may have to try this.
     
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    Our district sets the percentage -- homework counts 5% of the grade -- but I can set the "factor" (for instance a regular homework is X1, and a homework quiz is x5), and I just use the quiz as a heavier weight than just the completion grade I give for homework.

    If it were up to me, I might count it differently, but our district has a district-wide weighting system.
     
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    Chele,
    If they can't pass a quiz on the exact same information, then you know that they are either getting too much help with their homework (perhaps someone else is doing it for them) or else you will realize they have test anxiety -- and once you know that is the problem, you can help address it.

    I do the same thing with our "daily reviews." I pick one question from each day, and put it, word-for-word, on a quiz each Friday. It is multiple choice, with only 5 questions for math, 5 for social studies, 5 for science, and 5 for grammar. If they can't pass it, they must not have paying attention when we went over it in class! Once the kids realize the questions come exactly from the daily review, they really start paying attention. If they don't, and they are just marking down correct answers when you go over it, but aren't really engaging, it shows up right away.
     

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