So last night I gave homework, like I sometimes do. But I flat-out told one of the sections – “I’m not going to put a grade in the gradebook. So as far as the grade goes, there will be no difference whether or not you do it. If you do, turn it in tomorrow and I just want to see where we need to spend more time, and where we can move a little faster.”**
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. A solid amount of the students I have is (are? Am I talking about the students (are) or the group (is)?) taking geometry for the second time. Not by choice. Across the board, I can usually count about about a third of my students doing any given assignment on time.
But my smallest class (only 13 students) was the section to which I revealed my secret. TEN OUT THE THIRTEEN students! And! Yesterday, two people were absent. So out of the eleven people who knew I gave an option assignment, actually did it. And we had a really good class about it.
And it was on proving characteristics of quadrilaterals using coordinates of the vertices. Usually not a topic for which I have a great response. Fluke? Or is optional homework really a good route to take?
#MTBoS, what do you think?
**These may not have been my exact words. It was about 29 hours ago, I may have lost some detail. But you get the idea…