I assign homework. Students do whatever they want. I don't grade it, look at it or count it towards their grade. Last year was the first time I've tried this and I'll never go back. I stopped giving points for "effort", for writing down junk, for copying during lunch and I stopped penalizing students for not doing practice they didn't need.
I try to quiz more often. And I like small group assessments to work on more challenging problems. And some projects. But its mostly tests.
My grades didn't change. My AP scores went up. My highest flyers love me.
On Sun, Aug 5, 2012 at 7:36 PM, John & Mary Harrison <firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote:
> **** > > 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 h >