I set a piece of homework for my A-level psychologists on media influences on anti-social behaviour, and every single student
has totally misunderstood the question. Obviously, that's got to be partially my fault, because it wasn't just one student who had the wrong end of the stick; I must have made some error or omission in guiding them properly. The thing that's really concerning me about this particular class is that they're doing averagely (at best) in every piece of work I've set so far this year. And I've set a lot
of homework for that class. I'm worried that I'll crush their little spirits and they'll stop trying. They're already a little lax on deadlines (which I'm stamping all over as completely unacceptable and detrimental to everyone's experience) so I don't want to dishearten them further by giving them another set of shitty grades.
My options are:
- Mark them on the mark scheme that they should have worked to, in an attempt to illustrate the importance of reading the question carefully. It should be a mistake they make only once, and better in homework than in their A-level exam!
- Explain that had the question been what they thought it was (which is obvious), they'd have actually produced their highest standard of work to date; and what they've written does, in fact, show a marked improvement.
- Give them an opportunity to re-submit the homework, knowing that they'd missed the point, and this being the best time to make that mistake, they should have another stab at getting it right.
I'm thinking I'll go with all three, unless you have a better idea, Internets? ...If your suggestion is, "burninate all students with terrible handwriting" I will hear your submission on Thursday after 6 straight hours of teaching with no breaks.
How can I have been working so hard all day and not only have I not checked anything off my (massive) to-do list, I've actually made it grow?! Shouldn't term be settling down a bit now? Am I the only one that's completely knackered and praying for half term?