I started doing daily homework assignments for my calculus class when we got to series convergence tests. The idea is that they will read the section in the book and work some problems to turn in, before we talk about it in class. It isn't going well.
Mostly students are "getting the right answer," but the write-ups are fairly bad (mostly making me feel like understanding is pretty low). I spent about 20-30 minutes in class Monday telling them about the things they were doing that are driving me crazy.
We've got three more of these daily assignments due over the next week. I'm thinking about doing the following: During class, have the students gather themselves up in pairs and have each student write their name on their partner's paper. The students will spend time looking for mistakes on their partner's paper. And I'll tell them that whatever points I take off of a paper will also be taken off of the partner's paper.
Surely somebody out there has done something like this before. How does it go? Does it help? What do I need to watch out for? I'm a little worried that "correcting" won't happen as much as "copy down what is hopefully a better answer, without understanding it".