In my last post, I discussed how I was giving an effort grade to pupils on their homework which was not related to their attainment. This allowed me to give the child recognition for the effort they had given the homework, even if they had found it hard and had not achieved well.
I have developed this further now with a different class than I was working with before. I have picked year 7 because they are all at different levels which has allowed me to develop my second section of my homework project.
For year 7, I have begun to only give homework to those who need the practice in that particular area and the sheets are graded on RAGP. This allows me to stretch or support different people at different times. If they are chosen to do the homework, it is worth 2 points as it is a core homework but people can opt into this and it would therefore be worth 4. I have been keeping a track of this on a spreadsheet:
I am also tracking effort on this too and at the end of the year, I will tot up the scores and an average of their effort and the top ranker will win a prize.
I have really noticed an increase in the amount of people who want to "opt" into the homework option as they know it will give them 4 points. It is also giving pupils responsibility for their own learning as they have the option to not do the homework if they so wish. It also allows me to have control of the situation as they cannot get away with doing no homework at all.
The scheme is working well at the moment and I will continue with this group and branch out into other classes and see if it works there.