To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: Grading homework
I teach 7th grade pre-algebra in California. Like most of you I have found the grading policy to be a fluid process. In my three years of teaching I have tried everything that has been mentioned on this bulletin board. What works for me is to have the students grade their own assignment on a scale of 1-10. This grade is based on effort and how well they think they have done. I will then go around the class and stamp their student planner if they have it done. If they dont have it done, they have one more day to finish it, but 10% will be subtracted. While they are working on their next assignment or activity I will quickly spot check the homework and put the grade in the grade book. If the work is done poorly or incorrectly, I will return it and they will have until the next class period to correct their mistakes. I will not accept any shoddy work. The students seem to like this policy, and it also gives me a chance to help the students correct their work without penalizing them for a lack of comprehension.
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