Friday, December 5, 2008

Student Homework Checkers

Last semester, Mirella gave me a great tip on checking homework. Get students to act as homework checkers.

She has students volunteer to be homework checkers for one part of the assigned homework. The checker comes to the front of the classroom and orally checks the work, as a teacher would do it. The checker speaks only English and asks the other students to answer the questions.

Give extra participation points to the checker and one participation point to the students who volunteer answers.

I have found in most classes the students really love this method of checking homework.

Benefits: It is student led. Students have a better understanding of how difficult it can be with an unresponsive class. Students are more willing to volunteer when the student checker is at the front of the room. It's a real situation for communicating in English.

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