Reimagine homework and grading as valuable learning experiences.
Homework is a hot topic. Should we assign it? Is it beneficial? What does quality homework look like?
Even if you're on Team No Homework, you probably still assign practice problems in class, right?
And then there's the grading...that school bag full of notebook papers and worksheets you lug home each night (but rarely open) or the times your family perches on the arms of the couch because this week's essay responses are spread out across the cushions. That's your favorite part of teaching, right? No, probably not.
But it can be hard to justify using class time to trade-to-grade homework. Students find out what they got right or wrong but spend little time with the WHY. When we go over problems on the board, students who got them right zone out while students who struggled don't get much time to figure out what's really behind their mistake.
Do students really pay attention to what their grade means anyway? Or do they see their score and just move on?
So what do we do? These practices and activities turn grading into truly valuable learning experiences.
Most of the activities listed here are DOK 3 (open-ended, strategic thinking) and 4 (using what you've learned in new context), while the typical worksheet or homework assignment is primarily DOK 1 and 2. These activities use what you're already assigning and doing to take learning much deeper.
These activities were generated from my own ideas and experience as well as from the following resources: