Monday, December 13, 2010

Everything but a bee costume

Into my fourth month of my first year teaching, I already have a list of things I'm going to change for next year. Including, but not limited to:

- The way I assign and grade homework. Seriously. I spend at least an hour a day logging in all that paperwork -- and I don't even use it as an actual, detailed gauge of what students know/don't know. It really is turning into a massive pile of busy work, for me and for the students. I've got several ideas on how to adjust it, but haven't decided on any one yet. I like the weekly turn-ins the most, I think. Also a variety of choices in problem selection.

- The way I do in class practice. There's got to be a way to carve out more time for this. Ten minutes a day isn't enough.

- The way I utilize technology. Basically, right now, I don't. Other than posting assignments and announcements on my teacher webpage, that is. It would be wonderful to have students submit assignments online.

- Focusing on meaningful connections more than the drill and kill methods.

No solutions yet, but I'm working on it.


Lsquared said...

Don't have students turn in stuff on line unless you have a system where the computer also auto grades the homework. Just the extra 30 seconds per assignment that the file managing takes makes grading for the on-line class I teach significantly longer than the grading for the in-person classes I teach. If it weren't math, it would probably be much easier to handle on-line homeworks.

bun2bon said...

Really? Because a major part of turning to electronic homework submissions is to cut down on the time I spend doing paperwork. Gotta think through this thing clearly...