I struggle with this every year as well (and I have been teaching AP Stats a lot longer than 3 years).
So this year I decided to try and get student input. I started an edmodo group and a part of their summer assignment (required by my school) is for them to join the group and determine the homework policy for the class. Should it be weighted? How much? Is effort enough (which does, I suppose, include copying) or should it be correctness? School does not start until after Labor Day, so only the most motivated students have responded so far ? probably the ones who normally do homework anyway. I am hoping that I will have enough responses so that the policy is set before class starts and make the results a part of the class expectation sheet.
I am thinking about making Thursdays ?make up homework day?. So anyone who did not have their homework for any reason will be assigned a detention on Thursday to make up the homework they missed.
Salem High School Va. Beach, va.
From: Sue Cole [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2012 5:46 PM To: AP Statistics Subject: [ap-stat] Homework
I know that this discussion has happened before but once again it is that time of the summer that I reassess my grading policy and homework stares me in the face. I have thought about several scenarios all summer and cannot think of one that will help me reached my goal of having students do the homework in order to better understand the material and to practice working with the newly introduced concepts. Before teaching AP Stats, my less motivated students did not care enough to copy, but my AP students are highly focused on grades. First year, I gave credit for trying and corrected selected problems, second year I graded most problems and grade reflected correctness. Both years many students just copied from their peers. A group of my Chinese students even wanted to argue that homework is a waste of time and in China the teachers do not care whether students copy so why should I. So is there a solution. Don't give credit for homework and only those students who are highly motivated and understand the connection between homework and understanding will do it? Make it worth such a small amount that students don't feel the pressure to copy? Still in a quandary going into my third year of AP Stats.