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From: Patrick

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2007071716:45:21
Subject: 5 steps to simple grading

Here are a few words from my 2 years experience teaching:
-Do not grade daily homework in detail.  It takes too much time.
-Grading on completion can be done by having students set out
completed assignments and giving each an ink stamp either on the
homework or on a homework log sheet
-If you want to make sure that students are understanding, give one
stamp for completion and a second for the correct answer on a specific
problem.  For instance, if problem number 8 is a difficult problem and
really tests students' knowledge (ie, they can't get it right without
understanding because it's not an easy question) then before you check
homework have each student circle number 8.  Students will get half
credit for completing it all and full credit if their randomly chosen
problem is correct
-Every once in a while, have an unannounced homework quiz.  This
should happen once per week or week and a half.  This quiz is worth
the amount of 3 homework assignments and consists only of the
questions on the homework from the past one or two nights.  Students
may use their homework as notes on this quiz.

Whatever you do, spend more time planning quality instruction and
grading quizzes and tests in detail.  Grading homework in detail is a
waste of time, unless students are self-grading

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