And This Week’s Topic
And Now for Something Completely Different
Since January 2014 I have a policy where all homework assignments (of which I have two types) are all due on the last day of classes. So this semester that will be at 5:30pm (local time in Guadalajara) on May 6th, 2015.
Are you Serious?
Yes, this works and here is Why
I’ve thought a lot about why students do not hand in homework early (well humans in general). The answer lies in following the incentives.
In most classes (including mine until about 5 years ago) there was no reason to hand in assignments early. Let us list the advantages:
- You feel good about yourself
- The teacher (if she notices) thinks you are amazing.
- ummm. can’t think of anything else
Now, let’s list the reasons students wait until the last minute:
- That physics/calculus/computing teacher that always screws up the homework problem and it turns out the problem was impossible to solve. Haha, that funny teacher #someoneShootMeForWastingHours
- The teacher that always extends the deadline when they notice that nobody has done it yet (vicious cycle anyone?)
- If I wait until all of my friends do it, they can help me
- I get a buzz off that last minute rush
- I could think of more, but this blog post is due soon……
Let’s Flip the Due Dates
See what I did there? Yeah, I’m hilarious under a #flashBlog time crunch. Instead of having students base their schedule on “What’s due tomorrow so I can start today?”, I want them to move towards “What is available that I can work on now?”
Well yeah and it works pretty well. I want to talk about this in much more detail at my FlipCon15 talk in Michigan so I’m saving all of the “good stuff” for then.
I sure hope that gets accepted. Details, details.
So, am I nuts? Are my students lining up to lynch me for yet another serious of crazy experiments from their Canadian teacher here in México? Let me know!