A local elementary school is doing something they say, has never been done before. It's a new approach to homework, that has kids learning more and liking it.

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This article points out how motivation is a very important factor when it comes to homework. This is another idea I want to incorporate into my classroom. As a teacher, knowing what motivates your students is crucial. Knowing this will allow for you to be able to create homework that is something they see as worthwhile. Another important idea that is pointed out in this article is that homework should NOT be new material. Students should not be teaching themselves new content. Homework should be an extension off of what was taught in class. This really stuck out to me becuase I felt that during my school career that a lot of the time my teachers would run out of time to teach something and it would be on the homework and we would be left to figure it out on our own. In turn this would cause a lot of stress and anxiety when it came to math homework. This is something I do not want to happen in my future classroom. I do not want my students to see homework as a chore or something that they have no connection to. I want my students to fully understand their homework and I want them to see the importance behind it. By motivating my students and having them do meaningful homework I believe that they will see the connection between the lesson and their homework and how it connects to the real world.
Mrs. Monsour's comment,
March 1, 2014 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, 2014 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! |
Esther Kang's curator insight,
October 28, 2013 12:20 PM
I was able to completely relate to this article. The writer, a math teacher, talked about how her 14 years of teaching has taught her that homework is really not serving its real purpose. It is true that students who do not need the practice with homework are the ones doing them and those who actually need it are not doing them.
Alejandro mejia's curator insight,
May 13, 2014 1:25 PM
It give a lot of reasons to "ditch the home work" and it evidence from teachers of schools. And it has some star statements.
Isa Sanchez's curator insight,
May 15, 2014 10:43 AM
I chose this article because it's easy to read and fluent to understand. It also gives a personal experience and gives recommendations to the problems. Additionally, it gave a parent guide. Lastly, this article gives lots of ideas on what to do in this cases.
Creating meaningful homework can always be tough for teachers. It is much easier to just give students a worksheet to complete and call it a day. I came across this article and thought it would be very useful in order to create math homework that was meaningful. The website has 5 hallmarks that can be followed in order to make sure that the homework that is being created is meaningful and something that the students will want to do. In my future teaching I feel as though this source will be excellent in order to have something to look at when I am creating these homework assignments. It can be used as a quick check to make sure I am going in the right direction with what I want the students to do. Each hallmark is very critical in making sure that the homework that is created is something the students can connect to and be able to see its importance. I thought this article was also very helpful because it explained what a teacher can do if they have to send home just problems with students. If this is explained it went into detail about how giving less problems is key. It explained that students learn over a period of time. In my classroom if I am required to give problems to students I will make sure they do not feel overwhelmed by the amount that is sent home. I also really like the section that said, "Instead of having students write out multiplication tables, a more meaningful assignment would ask, "What is the best way for you to practice your multiplication tables?" I loved this idea. Instead of forcing students to do their homework one way you are giving them choices. You are also making the homework more meaningful. They are finding ways that make the most sense to them to practice their multiplication. This also allows for creativity to take place. |

I think that programs such as this one have developed a true purpose for homework and have accomplished their goal. If homework is supposed to advance student learning, this individualized homework plan is an effective way to meet the needs of each child. The proof is in the numbers: the students are making huge strides and committing what they learn to long-term memory. I think that a large contributor to the students' academic success is the implementation of a plan that gets parents involved in their student's learning. I know that in my own classroom, there are certain students whose parents are uneducated and unable to help them with their homework. These students fall behind other students in the class who are receiving assistance at home every night. While the homework that is shown in this video may not be the most effective at helping students apply their knowledge outside of the classroom, it is a great first step to making homework accessible to everyone. The individualized plans make it so that each student develops competence and success in doing their work. This will most likely have an effect on their self-efficacy which will make a huge difference in their future success in school.