School starts in two days. This week, I readied my classroom, and checked off item after item on my "to do" list. We had two days of professional development with time for meetings and more meetings. During one of the meetings, our Special Ed liaison shared the IEPs of the students we will be teaching this year. She gave us a concise summary of strategies recommended for each student on the list. One of the strategies listed quite a few times was "Show what completion looks like".
May seem very obvious, and it's something I do on occasion, but seeing the words in writing several times on the list of new students struck me.
One of my checklist items this week is always to update the syllabus for each class I teach. In it, I describe the homework expectations, format and my grading policy. That's when the light bulb ignited! Each year, seems I have a number of students who continue to negotiate what their homework should look like, and what level of completion is satisfactory. Why, in the past, haven't I provided an example of what I expect? So, this year I am, which is a good start on showing what completion looks like for the students for whom it is specified and for all of them. My homework will be up on our Plus Portal system and assigned as the second day's homework. Students will need to log onto Plus Portal, download the assignment, find the homework in the book, and finish the assigned problem in the correct format.
Seems obvious, but sometimes light has to dawn. I think it will make a big difference in the results I see for homework in the class.
What do you think?