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PeaNut 27,465
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Posted: 1/27/2013 1:54:02 PM
I am starting 2nd semester Tuesday and want to make the process more efficient. I keep modifying it to make it more efficient so I have time to teach.
How frequently?
a) assign and check daily
for each unit
c) weekly / monthly
I assign at the beginning of the week and have 2 assignments that are due Wednesday and Friday. It still seems like 10-15 minutes at the beginning of the period. (My classes average 30 students).

Do you know of any math teacher message board that is active like Two Peas?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.

What is your late policy?


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Posted: 1/27/2013 3:03:58 PM
This is a very good question! I am also a math teacher, but for 4th and 5th grade. I teach 58 kids in 3 different math classes every day and we always correct homework at the beginning of class ( I read answers, they check their own and mark it wrong), but I don't collect it every day. I collect their binders once a week and go through to see what they got wrong, where we need to practice, etc. It mostly works, but I, too am looking to tweak this, but am not sure how. I would like to collect it every day, but I feel as if I have such a limited amount of time with them that passing and collecting papers is too time consuming. We probably spend 10 minutes correcting homework, then I need to move on and teach the next lesson.

Anyway, I know you asked for high school teachers and that is not me, but know that you are not alone!


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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:51:56 PM
Not a high school math teacher, but the daughter of one. My dad assigns homework daily. The next day, if there was a problem you had difficulty with, you can write it on the board as you come in, and another student who knows how to do it can solve it in front of the class for extra credit. Every week or so, there is a homework quiz made up of a selection of the previous homework problems. He doesn't have a late policy for homework unless you were excused from class the day of the homework quiz.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 4:59:52 PM
Not a teacher, but a parent. My dd is a freshman in geometry. They have homework nightly, review it in class and she gives 3 points if you complete it, 1 or 2 if partial. She enters those grades online daily, at open house she said she tries to do it during class. She assigns a mix of odds and evens so kids can check at home while working to make sure they are on the right track.

I like this system. Coming from middle school where they spent half of class grading each others homework instead of learning or reinforcing.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 5:24:33 PM
I am a Chemistry/Physics teacher. I just check off that them homework is completed and then we go over it. I feel that if it important enough for me to assign then I need to go over it. My students have frequently told me that they like how I start off class going over the work from the day before.

Some teachers do a random HW quiz where the student has to quickly copy down a certain problem from the HW. The time amount is so short that there is no time to actually work the problem if they didn't do it already.

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Posted: 1/27/2013 7:23:13 PM
Not a math teacher, but I have a son in high school math. They are on a block schedule, so he doesn't have math every night. Homework is turned in and credit is given for completing it. But, it's not checked or graded. You are graded on your results on quizzes and tests (about 80% of the total grade.)

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