I am afraid NOT to check HW daily because of the imaturity factor. I'm afraid they would fail the first test and then be too far behind to catch up. When I taught college freshmen, I did not check HW and sure enough, most of those who (by observation) were not doing the HW, failed and dropped out. Letting my HS'ers fail is not an option I want to experiment with. I would rather not check HW, but fear keeps me at it. :-(
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>I am torn between two philosophies with my AP Calculus students. Some of me >says that they are almost adults and should make the decision to do their >homework whether or not it is being graded. Along those same lines it >allows them to make mistakes without it affecting their grade because it >takes making mistakes to learn from them. On the other hand, I have some >very bright students that do very little homework and in turn, learn very >little and score poorly on the AP Exam. > I have begun to contemplate how I will handle the grading of homework for > next year. Some of me thinks I should somehow "force/encourage" them to do > it by having it affect their grade, or that I should include more small > quizzes (maybe without warning) and help them to realize that they won't > learn it without putting in the time and effort. The other part of me says > to keep doing what I am doing and let the students that don't want to > apply themselves get away with it. As we move toward merit pay in ohio (if > my AP Scores are connected to my pay), then I will almost be forced to do > the first thought. Until then, I am torn. > Please respond with your philosopy and classroom procedures. I am trying > to think things over this summer and restructure my course a little.