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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.
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Mrs. Monsour's comment,
March 1, 9:46 AM
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, 9:44 AM
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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Esther Kang's curator insight,
October 28, 2013 9:20 AM
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, 10:25 AM
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, 7:43 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.
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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. |

It is important that we, as teachers, are careful not to overwhelm students with homework. Common Core or not, we cannot justify consuming the lives of our students with homework. Parents are saying they are spending more time than ever "around the kitchen table". This is not the way our students should be learning. They spend most of the school day seated at desks doing work; when they arrive home, they should be able to have more freedom. Homework should be engaging, interesting, and applicable to their lives at home.

However, I think that the Common Core is moving education in a good direction, stressing problem-solving and critical thinking. If homework follows suit, this homework will be much more meaningful and useful than homework in the past. As the man in the article said, it will be helpful to the students in the long run. This homework should be helping students learn how to solve novel, real-world problems. I believe that while this homework is more effective than homework has been in the past, it should be getting them off the kitchen table and into the world. I hope that when I enter my own classroom, I am able to use homework that will engage my students in interesting tasks that defy traditional homework and homework settings.