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Random Coded Homework Check

Found In: homework, grading, routines & procedures

One of my former math colleagues had a good strategy for checking homework efficiently. She chose about a third of the items in advance for which she intended to provide points. When she collected the homework, she just scanned to see if those items were completed and that work was shown, so she knew students didn’t just write a random answer.

She was direct about it with the students, announcing after quickly checking to see if those items were done that she had scored numbers 4, 9, 11, and 12, for example. Students who were conscientious and completed the work would always get their points. Students with incomplete work could still earn a good score, which seemed to encourage struggling students to keep trying and bring in their homework, even if they hadn’t managed to finish it all. Students who tended not to even try to do homework were more inclined to do at least part of it on the chance that this might be their lucky day.

It seemed to work well for her as a motivational strategy, and it was more efficient than checking everything. You would need to select different items for different class periods, of course, since word travels quickly.


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