Weekly Digest #7: Grading and Giving Feedback on Homework Assignments

Weekly Digest #7: Grading and Giving Feedback on Homework Assignments

Two weeks ago, our weekly digest featured 5 resources addressing quality homework assignments.  This week, we take the homework discussion one step further: Once you’ve assigned a quality homework assignment, what in the world do you do with it? How should homework be graded? How should feedback be administered?

1) Make Sense Not War – Suggestions on How to Make Homework More Effective by Paul A. Kirschner, @P_A_Kirschner, and Mirjam Neelen, @MirjamN

From https://twitter.com/P_A_Kirschner

From https://twitter.com/P_A_Kirschner

Kirschner and Neelen do a wonderful job reviewing the literature on homework and make a number of practical recommendations in a concise piece. Make sure to read to the end, where the authors tackle the current question, what should teachers do with the homework? According to Kirschner and Neelen, follow-up is critical, and this piece provides a succinct overview of the literature on grading and feedback from homework assignments and student learning.

 

2) Why You Should Grade Homework (But Not How You Think) by Linda Kardamis, @LindaKardamis, Teach 4 The Heart

From http://teach4theheart.com/about-me/)

From http://teach4theheart.com/about-me/)

This math teacher wanted to hold her students accountable for completing their homework and giving it their best shot without destroying their grades after inevitable homework mistakes. She writes here about her solution: a handful of math problems per assignment with an altered grading scale. 

 

 

3) Don't Grade Homework by Greg Ashman, @greg_ashman

From https://twitter.com/greg_ashman

From https://twitter.com/greg_ashman

Greg Ashman takes a different approach from the resource above. This teacher describes some of the problems associated with grading homework, and how he handles homework in his classroom.

 

 

 

4) Making Homework Meaningful by Amy Withers on the Teaching Channel

This video is less than 1.5 minutes long. Watch how this teacher goes over homework in her classroom each day at the beginning of class.

Stillshot from linked video

Stillshot from linked video

5) Benefits of a Student Self-Grading Model by Maryellen Weimer on Faculty Focus

This professor describes a system for having college students self-grade homework in the classroom, based on research by Nelta M. Edwards.

What's your solution to the grading / feedback dilemma? Please let us know in the comments, and feel free to link to your own or others' blog posts on this topic!


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