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ERIC Number: EJ1043769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
The Problem with Penalties
Dueck, Myron
Educational Leadership, v71 n6 p44-48 Mar 2014
Imposing a penalty for late or incomplete homework assignments, Dueck says, neither inspires learning nor provides accurate grades. Dueck lists four rules that a teacher must follow if penalties for inadequate homework are to be efficient in prodding students to do that work. The usual homework penalty structures violate each of these four rules. Nor is punitive grading helpful in instilling a work ethic among students, as many teachers wish. Dueck, a high school history teacher, discusses alternative practices to punitively grading homework: tying in-class quizzes to specific practice homework (started in class); using a grade of "incomplete" and interventions to support students until they finish; and using projects tied to student interests.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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