
Too much time spent grading homework in a college course
Hi all!
I am struggling with how to use homework in the college setting given that my students are going to be teachers of young children. (So this is a different course from course such as college algebra for STEM majors.)
I teach two math content courses to elementary/middle school preservice teachers. The grading takes 2 hours per 5 problems for 30 students. I don’t think many of them actually read my feedback. This semester I am allowing revision after the first grading. Many students read my comments but the grading time is way too much. As a result, I don’t have enough time to think about how to best teach my next lesson.
Two weeks ago I started checking homework for completion in class and then have students work in pairs to explain a problem to the rest of the class. That seem to work well. But that takes half of my inclass time (75 minutes total), which means that I will only have half of my class time for new problem solving.
Does anyone have similar situations where students have the need to get feedback on homework but they also need time in class problem solving?
Thanks!
Xianwei