Grading Homework: A Response to Intervention

Presenters: Andy Young and Chris Cockerel, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Summary: After attending a Response to Intervention workshop, my approach to grading homework is vastly different now. I used to be the teacher that allowed only one try at a homework assignment. Now I allow students to fix the mix ups and it has allowed them to fail forward. They can turn in a homework assignment, get it back, and fix it up. This has many upsides for all: Students save face by earning more points with corrected responses; I can be as picky as I want while grading (scales, units, labels, etc); Student know what to expect when I grade formal assessments. This process develops genuine student-teacher dialogue about what went well and what needs to improve. Best of all, students are encouraged to try and empowered when given feedback.