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I see posts from HS Math teachers saying they don’t give HW — I’m not opposed to the the idea, but, please, HOW?! In my experience, kids’ independent practice makes a HUGE difference in their success: they work through confusion, check their answers, analyze errors, see different types of problems, ask questions, make connections, etc. If their only practice is guided, in class, how do they get ready for independent tests? I want to learn the waaays

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I know a math teacher who does not assign ‘required’ homework. Homework is still passed out and solution keys are available on google classroom. He records completion and gives bonus for completed assignments. The idea is that students who need the homework will do the homework. Quizzes/exit tickets every other day. The exit tickets go in as homework grades and are often extremely similar to homework problems. It wasn’t as big of a fail as I would expect, but it wasn’t successful enough for me to change.

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I give homework every evening (5 problems Mon-Thurs= 20 problems a week) then on Friday my students take a closed notebook quiz ( 8 questions )from their homework ( similar but not the same problems). This is the homework grade for the week. The closed note quiz is timed so they don't get the entire class period. I answer 1 question from the homework everyday ( students vote to see which one I will work and majority rules). Over the years, I have learned a lot and this works for me and my kiddos.

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I have done hw as extra credit only and the kids who would do it, still did it. We did a lot of in-class activities from the All Things Algebra curriculum and it really went very well. In fact, my content partner and I are heading back this direction after a year of online everything.

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LOVE ALL THINGS ALGEBRA

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I teach @ a title 1 school where the kids don’t do homework so I only take completion grades on homework and not make it worth much. I integrate more quizzes into the class so the emphasis is did you learn it rather than did you the practice. Ideally you would not them to do the work. Practically, many times these are kids watching younger siblings in a single parent or working to support their family or themselves.

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I give assignments in class and sometimes students do finish and take for homework.

Depending on the type of students I get, I will give a weekly “journal” assignment. I used to have them write the questions and answers in a marble notebook and collect. Way too much stress. So now I give them 10 - 15 questions on a worksheet that I collect on Friday and grade. The plus side is that I will stay after and work with them for extra credit, or if they turn it in early they get extra credit. The worksheet always includes new and review work so they are always seeing problems from previous units. Inevitably what happens is the over achievers turn it in early or do it in extra help, and the ones who really need the help don’t do it. So…there is no easy answer. I also leave time for independent practice and pick questions that are similar but not exact (I try not to just change the numbers).

I’m like many others in that I give the students practice questions to work on in class. Many finish. As a Title 1 school, the A students do the work and those with challenges at home do not. So, I give participation points for practice problems. Students take a picture of their textbook and upload into Canvas. I want to get back to exit tickets and use that as their homework grade, maybe even a homework quiz. That has worked well in the past.

I don't give much HW. My issue is one that I have experienced as a student - I practiced 20-30 problems the wrong way LOL I had to "unlearn" what I was doing. It is easy to assess student mastery on much fewer and they still get the practice.

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