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Homework and Practice

Started this discussion. Last reply by Madiraju Phaneendra Jan 30, 2010. 8 Replies

I teach high school algebra and geometry and I have been struggling with getting all of my students to see the importance of doing their homework and getting the most out of the practice that it…Continue

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How much repetition is necessary?

I have been talking about homework and practice. How much practice is necessary for a student to really understand how to do something? I have seen research that says 20-30 repetitions will generally store something in permanent memory. Many have posted on the forum/discussion site that they assign 5-10 problems. Is this enough? Is it only once or is it 5-10 related problems for more than one day? I have students that require several days of practice before they get some topics - and even then…See More
Jan 28, 2010
Brian Licata replied to Paula Larsen's discussion Homework and Practice
"I like hw because it reinforces what was taught in class, but why 30 problems, if you know 10 you know 30. I give 10 as my max. I do not grade hw because it is required, but missing hw deducts 1 point from final average for each assignment. You do…"
Jan 27, 2010
Guillermo Bautista replied to Paula Larsen's discussion Homework and Practice
"I favor doing homeworks but 10 to 30 problems a day might be very tiring for students. 5 challenging problems, 3 times a week would be ideal."
Jan 27, 2010
Paula Larsen commented on Charlene Price's blog post New ideas for extra credit wanted
"Charlene, I had a thought sometime in the middle of the night about a possibility for extra credit. We have been watching a lot of YouTube videos lateley. I've spent some time watching math-specific ones. How about having the students watch a…"
Jan 26, 2010
Janis Lawrence replied to Paula Larsen's discussion Homework and Practice
"Hi Paula, I do not grade homework. I do walk around and check it in. We discuss the homework and then I have a short four question quiz. I just write the problems on the board and I only grade three of the problems. The last question is…"
Jan 26, 2010
Janis Lawrence left a comment for Paula Larsen
"Hi Paula, We found the same site. I hope we get some useful ideas. Janis"
Jan 26, 2010
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Homework and Practice

I teach high school algebra and geometry and I have been struggling with getting all of my students to see the importance of doing their homework and getting the most out of the practice that it provides. I generally assign between 10 and 30 problems per day over the material that is presented and practiced in class. Some students work diligently and have completed assignments everyday, while others don't seem to see the importance and the connection between the daily work and their performance…See More
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How much repetition is necessary?

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 9:11am 4 Comments

I have been talking about homework and practice. How much practice is necessary for a student to really understand how to do something? I have seen research that says 20-30 repetitions will generally store something in permanent memory. Many have posted on the forum/discussion site that they assign 5-10 problems. Is this enough? Is it only once or is it 5-10 related problems for more than one day? I have students that require several days of practice before they get some topics - and even then… Continue

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At 3:49am on January 26, 2010, Janis Lawrence said…
Hi Paula,

We found the same site. I hope we get some useful ideas.

Janis

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