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View Poll Results: Continue to give answers or tell students to find answers
Continue to give answers 3 21.43%
Tell students to look them up 6 42.86%
Other - please explain 5 35.71%
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Old 11-12-2011, 02:20 PM
 
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I voted 'other'

My most influential teacher taught us how to look up our own answers. He did it WITH us, not by just saying "go look it up". He had us determine which book would have the answer (before the internet), bring the book to him and we'd look up the answer and discuss. He was approachable, which is what you students are communicating to their parents.
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Old 11-12-2011, 03:29 PM
 
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I'm not sure when, because the comments came after the fact, but I don't give worksheet or homework answers. I will direct them to the book or their notes for that or answer their question with a question that gets them pointed in the right direction. I will answer questions during lectures though (I'm pretty sure this is when they're talking about). If they have questions during a lab, that are not safety related, I ask them if they've read their directions.
Ah, see I only assign homework questions or give worksheets where the answers are given. I expect them to show all of their work, but I always want them to be able to check their answers. Usually for one of the problems in a set I deliberately give them the wrong answer to see if they catch it.
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Old 11-12-2011, 04:47 PM
 
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Ah, see I only assign homework questions or give worksheets where the answers are given. I expect them to show all of their work, but I always want them to be able to check their answers. Usually for one of the problems in a set I deliberately give them the wrong answer to see if they catch it.
I do homework a bit different. I check to see if they've attempted it and then we go over the answers. They are expected to correct their answers. They keep their homework until the day of the test. That way they have the correct methods and answers to study from. I find there is value in doing something wrong and then correcting your mistakes. I can't bring myself to grade homework because it's just practice and they're just learning. I do give homework points. They do get marked down if they didn't have it done the day it was assigned.

I think your students are quite advanced compared to mine. Mine aren't slouches but you teach material I will never get to. I can't pace fast enough to get there.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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I can't bring myself to grade homework because it's just practice and they're just learning. I do give homework points. They do get marked down if they didn't have it done the day it was assigned.
I don't understand this. I thought the point of having homework was to learn something, not just prepare you to take a test.

Or is this because of the subject you teach?

(I would think it would limit the student's motivation to learn. Teacher says, "I only expect you to learn X and Z for the test so I don't really care if you learn about Y." )

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Old 11-12-2011, 07:22 PM
 
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I do homework a bit different. I check to see if they've attempted it and then we go over the answers. They are expected to correct their answers. They keep their homework until the day of the test. That way they have the correct methods and answers to study from. I find there is value in doing something wrong and then correcting your mistakes. I can't bring myself to grade homework because it's just practice and they're just learning. I do give homework points. They do get marked down if they didn't have it done the day it was assigned.

I think your students are quite advanced compared to mine. Mine aren't slouches but you teach material I will never get to. I can't pace fast enough to get there.
Actually homework sounds pretty similar. But my kids will email me several times a night or agonize over questions until we get to school the next day so that is why I give them the answers before hand.

They are obviously tracked kids (we are a science magnet school) but the real reason we get so far is I have all of my students for 80 minutes EVERYDAY. My class is 10 credits instead of 5 or 6 like most schools.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:23 PM
 
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I don't understand this. I thought the point of having homework was to learn something, not just prepare you to take a test.

Or is this because of the subject you teach?

(I would think it would limit the student's motivation to learn. Teacher says, "I only expect you to learn X and Z for the test so I don't really care if you learn about Y." )
The point of homework in my class is to reinforce what was learned in class not to learn new material. Since it is part of the process I also do not grade it since I only grade summative assessments.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:40 PM
 
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Actually homework sounds pretty similar. But my kids will email me several times a night or agonize over questions until we get to school the next day so that is why I give them the answers before hand.

They are obviously tracked kids (we are a science magnet school) but the real reason we get so far is I have all of my students for 80 minutes EVERYDAY. My class is 10 credits instead of 5 or 6 like most schools.
I am OFFICIALLY JEALOUS!!! I have 50 minute classes. There is so much I'd love to teach but I just can't get to it and labs often take two days.
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Old 11-12-2011, 07:41 PM
 
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I don't understand this. I thought the point of having homework was to learn something, not just prepare you to take a test.

Or is this because of the subject you teach?

(I would think it would limit the student's motivation to learn. Teacher says, "I only expect you to learn X and Z for the test so I don't really care if you learn about Y." )
Having the right answers and methods to study from is for the test. Homework is to reinforce what was taught in class but if you didn't get it the first time, you need the correct answers and methods to study for the test. My kids know I expect them to know more than just the homework but if you can't do the homework problems on the test, you're not going to pass. I wouldn't assign it as homework if it wasn't important.
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Old 11-12-2011, 10:05 PM
 
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My first thought was "No, you can't just give them the answers!" BUT... reading through the rest of the thread you address "what" questions you are answering and which ones you are not answering directly. I would think your students are paying you a complement and the way you are handling the class and questions are spot-on. Actually you sound like a teacher I would want my kids to have in school. Lucky kids. Some of those "side excursions" in a classroom can really open eyes and minds to what the main focus is. Sometimes it is those side trips that provide the "Ah-ha" moment to a subject that would otherwise have been missed, or struggled with more than needed. Keep up the good work.
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:14 PM
 
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What does it meant to "give" the answer?
Are you saying that at some point a teacher is "giving" them answers OR going through the process and "showing" how to find the answer. If the students are just writing the answer and not doing ANYTHING to get the answer like turning pages or something, then why bother?
Even my group of FSIQ=<70 have to locate answers on paper / in text even if I give them the page number.
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