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Homework issues
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Dan Sherman Dec 20, 2010.

 

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Dan Sherman replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"Hey Aaron,   I would like to inform you of a free resource that may be able to help - our product, TenMarks, is aimed at getting students to do better at math through practice and on demand help, and we have just launched a FREE learning and…"
Dec 20, 2010
Reggi Mainero replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"Hi Aaron, First of all, I don't "grade" homework; it seems if I do it'd be more like a take home test on material they have yet had time to master. I assign homework so that students can validate their understanding, to…"
Aug 14, 2009
Mark Pennington replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"Here's what I did last year and plan to do again this year re: assigning homework. On back-to-school night last year, I made a deal with their parents: I said, "I won't assign grammar or essay homework, if you will supervise your…"
Aug 1, 2009
Mary Henton replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"Thank you for the reminder that choice is a powerful and empowering tool! M "
Jun 29, 2009
julieme replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"I am a middle school math teacher in an urban public school and have been pretty successful with getting kids to do homework. The easiest 'trick' I use is choice. Let's say the page you're on has 30 problems...like 3 columns of…"
Jun 27, 2009
Sandra Bureau replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"It's school-wide.Teachers approached the admin about the need. They set it up and paid us. Last year we negotaited it into the contract "
Jun 25, 2009
Jessica Fries-Gaither replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"It's tough, because I know you have more than enough to teach without thinking about reading! But I've a fair amount of math tutoring for middle school and high school kids (mostly working on homework that they hadn't completed!) and…"
Jun 23, 2009
Karolee Smiley replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"Yeah, I find that is a huge stumbling block for my students too. Many of the skills that we assume students have mastered may not have been learned at all. Even if students did learn a skill, they sometimes have difficulty transferring that skill…"
Jun 23, 2009
Aaron Christensen replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"I should do a better job of teaching students how to read the textbook for information. In the back of my mind, I assume they've already learned how to do that, but that's probably not the case. Thanks! "
Jun 23, 2009
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Homework issues

Hello, all. I've been a teacher for 12 years and struggled this year more than ever with my students and their homework issues. I thought maybe I could connect with a few folks out there who have come up with some workable solutions, since I'm sure we've all had similar difficulties at some point.Topics on which I'd love some input:1) How do you get your students to actually do their homework? This one's a biggie - it seems to be getting worse every year despite my efforts.2) Does anyone have…See More
Jun 22, 2009
Mary Henton replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"Good point, Jessica. When I think about reading comprehension--how many students don't know how to read to learn and that this impacts their ability and willingness to engage with the content. So easy to assume that student engagement is just a…"
Jun 17, 2009
Mary Henton replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"Building onto Tom's examples and your situation, Aaron, here are some brainstormed ideas (keep in mind I'm neither a math nor a science teacher!): - don't know if curriculum connects to health or you can collaborate with phys ed…"
Jun 17, 2009
Aaron Christensen replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"Tom - That's very interesting. With math, I can't get entirely away from giving assignments out of the book, but more assignments with personal connections is a distinct possibility. I teach percents, proportions, rates of change, etc in…"
Jun 16, 2009
Tom Jenkins replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"Hi Aaron. Ahhhhhhh....The million dollar question. I'm sure that there will be a wide array of answers to this one, but I offer my views: Every year that I have taught- I have given less and less homework. I’m not a homework hater- I…"
Jun 16, 2009
Mary Henton replied to Aaron Christensen's discussion Homework issues
"Hi, Aaron, I've contacted a few classroom teachers who are in MSP2 to see what they might have to offer/suggest. Hang in...we'll get you some help! M"
Jun 16, 2009
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At 3:53pm on August 13, 2009, Kim Lightle said…
Hi Aaron - Hope your summer is going well! I wanted to update you on our free webinars and hope you can join us for one of them soon.

We've had three Tech Talks so far - one on Interactive Notebooks, Moodle, and Digital Storytelling. You can get to the recordings of those by clicking on the Web Archive link.

You can see all our upcoming events by clicking on the Events tab. The next TechTalk topic is Using Wikis. We've got lots more topics to cover in the next few months - technology, pedagogy, content knowledge, all sorts of fun stuff! Any ideas on additional topics or feedback you have would be greatly appreciated! Kim
At 7:43pm on June 15, 2009, Karolee Smiley said…
Hi Aaron
Welcome to MSP2
Please introduce yourself here. There are several things you can do here, so be sure to explore the site, join groups and add to discussions. The more we all share, the more we all can learn.
If you need any help or would like to see something added, just let us know.
At 10:58am on June 15, 2009, Mary Henton said…
Hi, Aaron. Thanks for joining MSP2. This is a growing community and a source for great teaching resources. I'd be curious as to what prompted you to join, and if there is anything in particular for which you are looking, any way in particular that you'd like to join and contribute.
M
At 9:34am on June 15, 2009, Jessica Fries-Gaither said…
Hi Aaron!
Thanks for joining us and welcome to the community! I see that you've already started a discussion on homework issues, which is great. That's definitely a topic that should get the conversation going!

We've got lots of resources for middle school math teachers - look at the left side of the Main page - Math Publications, Diigo lists, and one of our project blogs where we highlight lots of exemplary online math (and science) resources - Resources for Middle School Math and Science. We've had some really good discussions about integrating technology. I hope you'll find them useful even if you are teaching high school.

Again, welcome!
 
 
 

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