Course: AP Statistics
Problem: NO ONE IS DOING THEIR &^$*(#!* HOMEWORK
Result: THEY CAN’T PASS THE QUIZZES AND HAVE NO CLUE WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DURING CLASS DISCUSSIONS.
Sorry for yelling. I’m just really frustrated at this moment. In my AP Statistics classes, I am struggling with getting students to actually do their homework. I have small sections (one has 18, one has 13). Probably 3 students from each section legitimately do the problems, check their work, and ask genuine questions in class. I love those kids. All 6 of them.
Another couple might make a lame attempt at doing some of the problems, but never check to see if they are right and never ask about any problems.
A larger handful copy the answers from the back of the book. As though they would actually talk that way. I mean, who even writes “Ho versus Ha”. Not me.
And the rest just. Don’t. Do. Anything.
And I don’t know what to do. I’m looking for some suggestions before I start this class again in August.
Here is my homework approach currently:
I give them the homework for the section at the beginning of the discussion (I use TPS, 5th ed) and a due date of roughly 1-2 days after I expect to finish that section. When we start section 2, they get the HW for section 2, with another due date. Repeat until we finish the chapter; there is a designated place on my board, a “parking lot” on which they can write problem numbers they’d like me to discuss with them. Most of the time I only assign the odd problems so they can check their work as they go. On the day of the chapter assessment, I collect the HW notebooks to check for completion only and am disgusted almost every single time at the lack of effort.
I have never been a fan of having a strict HW policy–I mean, this is supposed to be the equivalent of a college course and my students are mostly juniors and seniors. They should know by the time they take stats if they need to complete the homework or if they understand the material and don’t need to do the problems. A few students that do not complete the homework do perform well on assessments, so I don’t want to penalize them and put them through extra, unnecessary work, but there are such a small number of those, that I’m feeling like I need to do something different.
But I don’t know what. Next year I am expecting my class sizes to be double what they are this year. I cannot grade homework every single day. Also, I am on a 45 minute year-long schedule (if that matters at all).
So I ask for your help. What are your homework strategies? How do you grade it? What have you found that works for larger classes (mine will be about 25 each next year)?
Thanks for your help.