Homework and student projects require hours of time to be ‘graded’. If you feel bogged down and buried in work, try these tweaks to lighten your load.
1. Set aside a few minutes each morning for students to Think-Pair-Share. Let them sit together and compare their completed homework. Allow then to make changes to improve their work. Allow them to: (a) x-out errors (b) [bracket] changes so the teacher can see how the partnering has improved their work.
2. Spend 5-10 minutes as a class discussing their homework. Why? Because if it is worthwhile homework, it deserves class time spent discussing their outcomes as well as answering their lingering questions.
Edit Level on Projects:
1. As projects are in edit copy level, follow the ideas above in the homework section, but plan at least 20-30 minutes for pairing to share extensive projects.
2. During a group discussion ask students to share their ideas on what add-ons will enhance their projects. To create the best results, students need time to re-evaluate and upgrade their projects before the final deadline arrives.