Size does matter, so how do I get the right length?

Last year I had to put in too much time to grade all the assignments for my grade 10 extended MYP mathematics class.  Students would do way more work than I intended them to do, in order to reach the highest levels of the rubrics.

So for one assignment late in the year, I imposed a limit on the word count…. not that I would have penalized if a student went significantly over.  That worked, but I would rather the students limit the length more naturally, than by checking the word count.

So this year, I want to make the assignment requirements more concise.  This might affect the scope of the assignment, which is a shame, as through assignment work so many ideas can be linked in a meaningful way.

I am not sure how I am going to manage this, but it might mean the students complete more assignments in the past, but of a shorter length.  I think I will encourage students to use more varied media, such as videos and screen casts, rather than written documents.  Students who have done Prezis in the past have tended to produce more concise work as well.

Please post comments if you have any thoughts and ideas on how to limit assignment length in an organic way, whilst still retaining the depth of the assignment work.

About eadurkin

Originally a HS Mathematics teacher from New Zealand, currently working as Associate Principal in the Secondary School at Canadian Academy, an international school in Kobe, Japan. Married with two children.
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