Homework... Oh, Homework!
My Homework Routine- 15 Minutes at Home and 10 Minutes in Class
Checking and reviewing math homework used to be the bane of my existence. OK, so maybe it wasn’t that bad, but it was definitely a headache. I didn’t want to assign practice without giving my kids feedback, but I also didn’t have time in class to review every single item.
Have you found yourself in a similar situation? Read on to learn more about a homework routine that works!
My Classroom Homework Routine-
On Monday, each student gets a hole-punched copy of the math homework for the week. I ask that they keep the homework in their notebooks/binders. They are expected to show their work on the actual homework paper or a separate sheet if there’s not room.
As a bell ringer, I like to display the answer key on my interactive whiteboard and have students self-correct. I have a student-helper check homework completion for me so that I can hold students accountable for actually doing the work and not just copying answers. This helper walks around the classroom and awards points on Class Dojo for homework. (Since implementing this routine, I have had very few students who miss out on earning points for homework.) Once I’m finished with administrative tasks (attendance, messages, etc.), we discuss the problems students want to review in whole-group, especially those that may have been challenging.
On Friday morning, after discussing the previous night’s homework, students are set to take the weekly quiz. It has been paper/pencil in the past, but I’ve been transitioning over to Google Forms. (I used Google forms for other assessments over the past couple of years, and have absolutely loved it!)
I do not take a grade on the weekly homework… It’s checked for completion. The real accountability piece that I grade is the Quiz. It is directly aligned to the skills practiced on the homework. The quiz grade goes in the grade book.
It took a couple of years to get this routine in place, and the the one thing that helped the most was having a consistent format for my homework. I had tried using the workbook from my math series, but it lacked rigor. Enter my math homework…
This is definitely a labor of love! Much like you, I wanted my 4th graders prepared for their End of Year Assessment. Many states have some form of assessment aligned with the Common Core State Standards. In our case, it’s the Georgia Milestones (GMAS).
I found that the rigor of my homework assignments derived from my adopted Envision Math curriculum didn’t quite match up with the rigor of this high-stakes assessment my students are mandated to take. What could I do? I searched and searched and never found the perfect resource to meet my specific needs… So I set to work making one!
Each week includes 4 nights of homework, Monday – Thursday. The homework can be printed front/back, so you only need 1 sheet of paper per student! (SAVE on COPIES!) Parents will love the consistency of the assignments. Dealing with work and family commitments often leaves little time for homework help. That’s why I wanted my homework to be concise, but meaningful.
I KNOW how important spiraling is, especially with math, where it’s easy to “forget” content that we once knew. Spiral Reviews are included throughout the homework Sequence.
An assessment is included for Friday that assesses the skills and problem types addressed in that week’s homework. This assessment will also help you determine content mastery and will motivate students to complete nightly homework. The assessment is also only 1 page (front only). A digital Google Forms version of the assessment is also included.
Special Info about Google Forms Quizzes –
The Google Forms Quizzes are slightly altered versions of the weekly assessments. I love using Google Forms and Flubaroo to help me with grading. It’s a win-win-win when the teacher, students, and parents all have immediate feedback on assessments! However, in order for auto-grading to do its job, there can’t be any extended constructed responses. What I’ve done is rewritten these item types into either multiple-choice or short answer on the Google Forms version.
What you’ll actually get is a link to a page that allows you to make a copy of my original Google Form Quiz. Each Week will have a different link, so you’ll make a copy of each weekly quiz. This prevents any data sharing on our parts. You won’t have access to my student’s responses, and likewise, I won’t have access to yours. It’s a clean copy of the quiz for anyone who purchases the pack.
Need a little help getting started with Google Classroom? Check out this helpful bit of info from the Google FAQ.
Not sure how Flubaroo can help? Visit their tutorial the here.