Making Homework Meaningful in the New Year

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By Mary Melvin

From achieving a work/life balance to improving instruction, educators are setting new professional development goals and looking to maintain them in the new year. Luckily, we have a variety of publications to help educators meet their specific goals, improve their practice, and promote academic success for their students.

For example, those who are looking to improve their grading approach can benefit from the book Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn. Author Myron Dueck provides several strategies for educators who want to ensure grades actually measure student learning. He also shares lessons learned, anecdotes, and cautionary tales from his own experiences revamping assessment procedures in the classroom.

In the following excerpt, Dueck addresses how one of his strategies, in-class quizzes based on homework assignments, can help lead to student achievement. He also shares the benefits of using in-class quizzes and explains why they are so effective in increasing students’ level of understanding.

Want to read more about making homework meaningful? Read the first chapter here or pick up a copy in print or e-book format from the ASCD Online Store. Also, on January 26 at 3:00 p.m. ET., you’re invited to join Myron Dueck for a thought-provoking webinar that will inspire you to look at how you might improve your grading and assessment practices. Be sure to register for the Grading Smarter, Not Harder webinar today.

Book Excerpt - Grading Smarter Not Harder