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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Entering into the homework debate conundrum?  Consider this

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Nichol Murray's comment, February 15, 9:10 PM
Fantastic ideas that can be applied to any classroom. They're so simple, yet easy to forget to do these. I like how this in a chart for quick reference.
Mrs. Monsour's comment, March 1, 12:46 PM
I am printing this, as we speak! I will share this with students in my Methods classes to use to prepare them for student teaching with quick homework strategies with a 21st century focus.
Susan Griffith's curator insight, March 15, 12:44 PM

What a fabulous resource!  So often, parents struggle to help their children with homework for a variety of reasons- this provides a nice choice of alternatives so the lesson can be reinforced at home!

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How Grades Change Conversations About Assessment & Achievement

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I began teaching in 1991 believing myself to be a very progressive grades-based teacher with exquisitely designed marking keys designed to quantitatively assess realms such as punctuation, spelling...

 

Great read!

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Homework: New Research Suggests It May Be an Unnecessary Evil

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It is important to review the original research. That being said, we need to think about the implications of homework for all students, especially for students with SLD.    


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Rethinking What Kids Think About Learning

I watch my niece finish up an assignment for science class when she said something that is heart breaking for educators.

 

Very sad commentary on how kids view much of what they do in school.  How do we change this? Can we?  

 

As I reflect on what I know about my kids, it seems things changed once they had a goal that wasn't just "to graduate".  If the goal is diffuse and nebulous, then it seems you would be more likely to get responses such as these (UNLESS it was an area of interest OR the teacher was amazingly inspiring).  

 

My 19 year old went from being a 16 year old skateboarder who spent most of the time in class listening to headphones to a college kid posting Richard Feynman -The Law of Gravitation on FB.  I never saw it coming.  He is very engaged now.  And NOT because of a future job, but because he is now "turned on" to physics.  

 

 

 

 

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