As a class, we quickly graded the homework assignment.
Then, I briefly would answer or discuss a difficult question or two.
No one enjoys seeing the blank space in the grade book, especially a middle school teacher with 125 students. Pretty much insane.)Goodness, this is a decision you have to make for you and the best interest of your students.
In my experience, I would say I graded 85% of assignments for some type of accuracy. The purpose of homework is to practice, but we don’t want to practice incorrectly.
Students had a “tutorial” class period (much like homeroom) in which they were allowed 20 minutes a day to work on assignments.
I always encouraged students to work on math or come to my room for homework help. But, that means 40 students were doing math practice. I also believe that many students worked on it during that time because they knew it was for a grade. During the warm up, I circulated and checked for homework completion.
It opens up conversations and helps be to encourage and be a champion for my students. If during the week you were absent, had an incomplete assignment, or didn’t complete one, Friday was D day. Here is my weekly process: Yes, there will be missing assignments. We all know that it is much more work when students don’t complete their assignments.
Yes, students will come to Thursday and have lost their precious agenda. My least organized student, who carried everything in their pocket, could fold that agenda up and hang onto it for a week. It would be a dream world if everyone turned in their work everyday. The reality is that not every student has a support system at home.
The title was inspired by the Marie Kondo book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
Though I utilized the homework agenda for many years prior to the book, it fits right in to the idea of only keeping things that bring you joy.