For my project, I have a few ideas I would like to try and this term I started with the homework tracker. For this, I have taken to giving each piece of homework an effort grade from 0-4 based on my expectations of the pupil:
0 = No effort given at all.
1 = Done but many omissions.
2 = Homework complete but much more effort could have been applied.
3 = Expected standard and effort.
4 = Above the expected standard, above and beyond.
If a homework is given in late it cannot gain more than a 2.
I always tell them what the homework would have got if it was given in on time and one pupil got a 4 but it was a day late and therefore got a 2. They were gutted and vowed never to do a homework late again. We'll wait and see..
These grades are then entered into my personal spreadsheet which is conditional formatted to grade RAGP. An example of this is below:
I explained how this would work to the pupils and I explained that with their BFL I would also send out a homework tracker. It is the first time that every pupil has done their homework on time since I became a teacher, I have tried it with 4 classes and only 2 pupils have given it in late!
I will continue to do this as it has been a real success and at tonight's TLC, Dan gave me a great idea. He likes the idea of the homework tracker and he commented that he is going to use it too but he will give it even more relevancy.
He will do this by linking it to the end of topic test where a good average homework tracker score will get you marks in the test before you even start! This gives pupils an incentive to do well in the homeworks as it can get them "free" marks in the assessment. I am definitely going to do this as well and I will comment on its success next time where I will also have trialled my next idea which will be giving homeworks only to those who need the practice on that particular topic.