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Third grader has no time for your silly homework nonsense

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You head home after a rough day of say, third grade, sit down to watch your favorite cartoon with your favorite snack, trying to wash away thoughts of gym class, gross school lunch and rejection from your first crush and then...your heart sinks. You remember that you still have to write a stupid book report about the The Boy Who Cried Wolf. You could take the time to actually do your homework properly, with correct spelling, details and accuracy. My friend teaches 3rd grade. This kid has a bad case of the Mondays.


Teacher's awesome 'homework' assignment makes her an Internet hero

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LONDON – Revising for texts and exams can be a stressful business. This week in Britain, 10- and 11-year-old students will be sitting their Year 6 SATs tests. These tests – the final ones kids sit before leaving Primary School – have come under fire recently. A recent survey found that 90% of children felt a pressure to do well (and over a quarter of children surveyed described themselves as "stressed" by upcoming exams), while a parent-led campaign called "LET our KIDS be KIDS" kept thousands of children out of school for the day last week in protest. In the run-up to SATs, Mrs Thom of Buckleberry Primary School in Reading set her class some homework to get them prepared -- but it probably wasn't what they were expecting.


Kid writes own wise proverbs for homework assignment

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On a homework assignment posted to Reddit (that was, admittedly, probably designed to elicit funny answers), this kid wrote some of the wisest proverbs we have ever beheld. Truly, these are DJ Khaled-level life lessons. Let's break a few of these down. "Don't put all your eggs in there" is great advice no matter what -- it's always great to have extra eggs in multiple locations. People in glass houses must be rich, because they are always paying for new houses when the old ones shatter.


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In an introductory engineering course with an annual enrollment of over 1000 students, a professor has little option but to rely on multiple choice exams for midterms and finals. Furthermore, the teaching assistants are too overloaded to give detailed feedback on submitted homework assignments. We introduce Mechanix, a computer-assisted tutoring system for engineering students. Mechanix uses recognition of freehand sketches to provide instant, detailed, and formative feedback as the student progresses through each homework assignment, quiz, or exam. Free sketch recognition techniques allow students to solve free-body diagram and static truss problems as if they were using a pen and paper. The same recognition algorithms enable professors to add new unique problems simply by sketching out the correct answer. Mechanix is able to ease the burden of grading so that instructors can assign more free response questions, which provide a better measure of student progress than multiple choice questions do.


Mom rewrites her daughter's laughably outdated homework assignment

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While a simple school worksheet may seem innocent enough, one parent decided to rewrite the assignment, changing the narrative from a negative experience of a mother returning to work to a positive one. Lynne Polvino was helping her 6-year-old daughter Hazel with her homework last week when she noticed something troubling with the assignment, an unfortunate and increasingly common problem thanks to outdated curriculums. So, Polvino decided to make some changes to the assignment with an updated narrative. SEE ALSO: Mom lets daughter's school know her 10-year-old is'done' with homework The worksheet is a fill-in-the-blank style assignment which follows a story of a mother returning to work. The first line reads, "Lisa was not happy.