Homework Check

This is a great activity to use when you just need 5 minutes at the start of lesson to get yourself sorted. If you are

like me and teach in a number of different classrooms throughout the day, you can sometimes arrive at your room to find the class waiting for you and no time to sort yourself out before you get them in. This activity allows you to get them in and doing something with little input from you (once they are sued to doing it that is).

It is a simple activity that incorporates peer assessment and assessment for learning into one tidy package (great if OFSTED are in).me and you teach in a number of classrooms, this can be a lifesaver. The number of times I have rushed to my classroom to find my group already there waiting outside so I have no time to get myself sorted before they come in. In these situations the Homework Check is great. It is also great if you have forgotten that you need to set homework for that group and need to think of something meaningful and topic related for them to do for homework that night.

How it works is that the students switch homework with someone else in the class, I use prep booklets with my Key Stage 3 groups which makes this even easier, the students then use the success criteria for that activity and the schools marking symbols to mark the work. They then give it a grade (we use a 1 – 4 system) and use the 2 stars and wish to give feedback. This is then handed back to the author of the work who then has that nights homework session to improve the work based on the feedback their classmate has given them.

Each term I set up “Assessment Pairs” which are pairs of students who will mark each others work when we do peer assessment. These pairs are based on data that I have, such as CATS, SENd data, Marks from assessments, target grades etc. I try to pair a weaker student with a more able so that the low ability student can see what a good piece of work looks like and the more able is able to support the weaker students. This also helps to prevent the marking a friendship rather then marking the work situation.

Besides students just love the opportunity to bring out the coloured pens – or maybe that’s just my lot 🙂


AfL – Effective Feedback, Positive Influence, Active Involvement

SEAL – Motivation , Social Skills

ECM – Enjoying & Achieving, Positive Contribution

PLTS – Reflective Learners, Effective Participators

Purpose – Review, Reflection,

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