I am a HS math teacher and just started a job that adopted a new curriculum at the last minute. It gave us the tasks but did not provide any answer keys. Of course, I know how to work through the math but I would prefer not to spend the 1-2 hours every single week creating the answer keys for my 3 separate courses.

The tasks are freely, publicly available online to anyone so it not proprietary stuff that I shouldn't be sharing. I have heard about sites like Nerdify where freelancers can assist. Does anyone have an opinion on them or have any other advice for what I am trying to do?

And yes I know plenty of math educators who will hate every word of my question here and would tell me to work through every single example myself :). I have a busy year and was hoping to find a solution to save me time even if it costs me some $. Thank you for reading

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    $\begingroup$ Why do you feel compelled to provide answer keys? $\endgroup$
    – user52817
    Jul 30 at 16:13
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    $\begingroup$ You can also try some math. major at a local university, if you have one nearby (graduate students are especially well-suited for the task and, as far as I can tell, are always looking for some extra money-making options). $\endgroup$
    – fedja
    Jul 30 at 17:18
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    $\begingroup$ The publisher of the curriculum won't provide answer keys? They usually have teacher's guides with all sorts of suggestions, including answers. $\endgroup$
    – Sue VanHattum
    Jul 30 at 17:48
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    $\begingroup$ "The tasks are freely, publicly available online to anyone so it not proprietary stuff that I shouldn't be sharing." -- I recommend sharing the name of the curriculum and/or a link to it. Perhaps someone here knows of an existing solution set, etc. $\endgroup$
    – Nick C
    Jul 30 at 20:55
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    $\begingroup$ So you want to grade tasks that you hand out using answer keys instead of doing them yourself? Oof. $\endgroup$
    – Rusty Core
    Jul 31 at 16:27

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Don't underestimate the value of working through the problems yourself. When I assign problems to students, I am not just checking to see if they got the answer correct or not -- I am looking for patterns, common mistakes, thought processes, etc. If you create your own answer key, you can write up your answers from the perspective of your students, showing the steps. I do the same with my middle schoolers, and it helps me anticipate what kinds of mistakes they might make. Hope this helps!


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