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
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
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.
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.
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.
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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