Parent input is needed on this situation.
When my niece’s son misses a question on his homework assignment, he has to write out the following with the answers:
• I missed problem number…
• This is the answer I put…
• This is the correct answer…
• This is where I went wrong…
• How do I know this is right…
Those might not be the exact wording of the statements or the order, but it is close enough. Does that seem ridiculously excessive? I can understand having them correct their work and resubmit it. I can also understand having them write one of the five statements, but not all five. That’s where it gets excessively ridiculous.
Maybe this is isolated to one teacher or one school. I don’t know. What I do know is this could have the potential of helping some students and hurting others.
My reasoning: If you child misses one or two questions, I can see that writing out five statements probably wouldn’t be a big deal and could potentially help them. However, if your child is struggling already and they miss several questions, that’s when this requirement goes from helping to hurting. A struggling child can quickly turn into one that completely gives up if what they are being asked to do seems like an endless chore.
When I questioned why they have to do this, the response was “studies have proved this helps children learn.”
I agree 100 percent that correcting wrong answers is important and can help children learn. I disagree completely with the way this is being done for the reasons I’ve already stated. Struggling students need to be encouraged and not discouraged.
My son struggled in school. Maybe that’s why this is getting to me. If he had been asked to do this with every wrong answer, he would have turned from struggle to giving up very quickly.
All this has reminded me of an algebra teacher of my daughter’s. Merissa came home dazed and confused. The equation had one of two methods on how to solve it accurately. While my daughter couldn’t comprehend the method shown by the teacher, she easily understood the one I showed her.
My daughter was adamant that her teacher would not accept that method. I told her to use my method, if she felt it was easier, and if the teacher didn’t accept it, I’d handle it.
I don’t want to give teachers a hard time. Due to the state putting more and more pressure on schools to make good grades, teachers are asked to put more and more pressure on students. It’s a horrible cycle with children getting the brunt of it.
As for these serial questions for one wrong answer, what works for one child might not work for another. We need to keep this in mind. Thank goodness they weren’t doing this when my children were in school. I would have had an issue with it.
Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.