During a PLC meeting today, our math department was asked to think about our current grading policy, and give feedback regarding its success as well as changes we thought might improve things for next year. This discussion had us asking very fundamental questions about assessment and student learning.
One hot topic that I’m still mulling over is the simple idea of homework. Math teachers out there – how do you “grade” homework? Is it primarily a completion grade? Do you actually collect and “grade” it for correctness and accuracy? If you do, how often do you do this? If scored for completion, are we assessing learning? If we don’t score homework for correctness, should we score homework at all? Or do we do away with scoring homework entirely?
The reason I am asking is that all of these layers were part of today’s discussions. I would love to hear your “Middle School Mathematics Philosophy of Homework” to help me see and understand different perspectives. I have strong opinions, but I’m trying to remain open to thinking about homework in ways that may be new and uncomfortable for me. Feel free to share thoughts and references – I’ll weigh in as you weigh in… GO!