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Sue Cole

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Registered: 2/15/11
[ap-stat] Homework
Posted: Aug 5, 2012 5:46 PM
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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.

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