soxteaching: chem, baseball, stories
I am introducing a new policy as it relates to grading homework in all of my classes. While I am loathe to make changes midstream, I think it is important enough to proceed any way. In addition, it has the benefit of providing feedback from students who have experienced something other than this system and can directly compare.
It’s a long shot to hope that students might truly appreciate how thoughtfully teachers approach their craft but that doesn’t make it less true. This decision is borne out of the ongoing dialogue throughout campus in regards to student work load. How much is too much? What is the role of homework? What modifications can be made to a course without sacrificing content or necessary depth? What are the different needs that students have regarding homework?
To that end I am re-introducing a policy that I have implemented over the years, although not recently. I stopped this mainly because the required grade book didn’t allow me to perform the necessary math so I reverted to my traditional approach for the past few years.
Look, if a student doesn’t want to do the homework and can score well on tests and quizzes then I salute that, and I don’t wish to waste his/her time. For those that need the homework because they struggle with testing then this is a way to buffer the impact of a test. As a bottom line, it allows students to sleep or relax on their terms, as it relates to schoolwork. A word of caution, by not doing homework it lowers the total points available for a student making the impact of a quiz or test greater than it would.