Reflection: Student Ownership Cube Root Solutions - Section 5: Homework


I’ve learned not to assign drill for homework as a substitute for practice or before the lesson concepts have been pretty much mastered. But when I do assign drill or any repetitive excersise for homework I following a few thumb rules.

  1. I assign short homework, no more than 10 to 15 questions. I don't want to bore and loose student respect for homework. 
  2. Instead of giving those textbook problems where the answers are not in the back of the book, I give those that have the answers. Providing answer sheets when appropriate is a good idea. Students in 8th grade are capable of checking their own work. I ask students to write a note next to the question they had difficulty with or did not understand. Responding to these notes is very important because students will develop the idea that homework is more than a “chore” but a way to receive explanations or help in understanding what went on in the lesson.
  3. I try not to grade homework based on how many answers they got right. Rather, I grade it on whether it was appropriately completed. (a rubric can be developed for this). I always ask students to show work, write questions and/or directions if they aren’t too long.
  4. If the above is done, then I don’t have to spend precious classroom time going over homework. I “play this by ear”.  If there are questions that I feel are important enough to be discussed in class, then I diligently go over them.

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Cube Root Solutions

Unit 4: Powers and Exponents
Lesson 9 of 16

Objective: SWBAT solve simple equations using cube roots.

Big Idea: To avoid rote mechanical solving of equations involving cube roots, good understanding of the concept is a must.

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Math, Algebra, Simplifying Equations and Expressions, Exponents and Exponential Functions, radicals, 8th grade math, cube roots, Cubing, equation, cube root
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