5 Tips to Help Middle School Math Students
The math homework dilemma – to give or not to give (IF you have the option in your district)? How much to give? To go over it all or only review some of it? What will be most helpful to your students?
Maybe your experiences have been similar to mine: I’ve adjusted my practices from year to year, sometimes spending a lot of time reviewing homework, but other times spending little; some years giving homework related to the lesson, other years giving homework that was basic skills practice; some years lots of problems, other years just a few. There seemed to be pros and cons to each.
Thinking about this topic yet again, I decided to look for some research to see how we can help students get the most out of the homework we assign.
When students finish their math tests and want to hand them in, I always ask, "Did you check your work?" Often the answer is "yes," but if it's not, I won't take the paper until the student does check over their work. How do they do this checking? Do you know what I'm going to say?
Here's what they do - they look at the questions, basically make sure that all the questions were answered, and again try to hand the test in. Unless they are clearly taught otherwise, many students seem to understand "checking your work" to mean "checking to see if everything is done." What does checking mean to you?
What does it mean to me? How do I think students should check work?