So this conversation happened tonight between The Boy (TB) and me.
TB: Will you check my homework?
Me: What homework do you want me to check?
TB: My multiplication.
Me: Give it here.
I look at it and it is about 20 problems of multiplying 2- and 3-digit numbers.
Me: Did you check it?
TB: What do you mean?
Me: I mean did you check it after you finished it?
I give his homework back to him.
Me: I’m not going to check your homework if you haven’t even checked your homework.
TB: What? Am I supposed to do every problem again?
Me: That’s what you wanted me to do.
Incredulous look of shock and horror ensues from TB.
Me: I already know how to do multiplication. I don’t need to do a worksheet about it. If understanding how to do it isn’t important enough to you for you to check your own work, then it’s really not important enough for me to check it.
TB: But I already did it.
Me: And you need to learn to go back over your own work to look for your own mistakes. Talk to me once you’ve finished checking it.
And what do you know? He found his own mistakes once he went back and checked his worked.