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From: alice

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2005072612:23:29
Subject: high school math =D

Hi! I'm a high school student, 16 years old, so I'll understand if some of you don't take me seriously. However, my "dream-job" has always been teaching math at a high school/middle school level. Don't be too shocked because this is coming from a student, but I love math, and just want to share a couple grading policies my teachers have used that I consider extremely effective (and yes, I suppose, I may be biased, being a student and all..) I am going into my junior year, and I will be entering honors Pre-calculus. I've always been on the honors track in math, so the students in my classes are generally interesting in learning, etc. In my Algebra2/trig class (which I just took and loved), my teacher's homework policy was the "effort" one. However, all of the homework was from the book...and my teacher only assigned odds, becuase the answers were in the back of the book, and we students could check the answers as we went along, which would give us immediate feedback for if we were understanding the material. I found this method to be great; but consider that this was an honors class, so I can confidentaly say that the vast majority of the students did the homework. My teacher would check for completion and the homework would consist of 15% of our quarter grades. This way, it doesn't matter if a student "cheated" on homework, becuase tests are worth around 50% of our grades (our grades were based on points, so 50% is a rough estimate becuase tests consisted of around 400 points for each quarter, but homework was only 50 points for each quarter). In other words, if you don't understand the material, even if you managed to "cheat" on homework, you still wouldn't achieve a good grade unless you really understanded and performed well on the tests. Participation was not a grade, becuase my teacher had a spinner, and whoever's number it landed on would have to answer the class question. This way, grades were very fair, as they were based on mostly test scores and quiz scores (which were roughly 25%) I would loove feedback, comments, and advice becuase I want to be a future math teacher, I would really appreciate an e-mail if any of you hard-working teachers have an extra 10 minutes to spare rainbomarshmello@yahoo.com Thanks so much -Alice

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