Homework...to assign, or not to assign?
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Show Us What Homework's For

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"These students often did not know the point of their homework, which lowered their motivation to do it:

We need homework that is important, that helps us toward a goal we have to meet. The homework that's given can seem random, like a non sequitur—it has nothing to do with anything."

 

Students spend all day in school, why would they be motivated to go home and spend even more time to complete work? Just another reason why homework is a waste if it's not being done right. And as far as grades...it defeats the purpose of learning. Why assign homework grades, especially if they students don't complete it. It doesn't reflect their mastery of the content. 

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The truth about homework in schools

The truth about homework in schools | Homework...to assign, or not to assign? | Scoop.it
"More times than not homework adds little value when it comes to student learning...- There is pressure from society to continue giving homework because that is the way it has always been done...- ...
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"I believe often that homework i misused and ultimately detracts from the learning environement". 

 

Short article that mentions how society has labeled how homework is "suppose to be". Article states how homework can have a negative affect on students, because when they recieve a 0 for not completing it, it changes the grades and does not refect the students knowledge of the content. Should homework be graded? 

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Duke Study: Homework Helps Students Succeed in School, As Long as There Isn't Too Much

Duke Study: Homework Helps Students Succeed in School, As Long as There Isn't Too Much | Homework...to assign, or not to assign? | Scoop.it
It turns out that parents are right to nag: To succeed in school, kids should do their homework.Duke University researchers have reviewed more than 60 research studies on homework between 1987 and 200...
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Research says that homework can be effective, as long as there is not too much...I think the key is to have homework that is MEANINGFUL and low stress. Homework should connect school work to home life.

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Parents on Homework Load: ‘This Is Not Sustainable’

Parents on Homework Load: ‘This Is Not Sustainable’ | Homework...to assign, or not to assign? | Scoop.it
The debate over homework rages among American parents and educators, and many question its value altogether.
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Another article on the debate of homework...this time from my hometown! Instead of assigning homework to improve test scores, how about we assign homework so that students can apply what they learned in school, to life at home. China and France have considered getting rid of homework all together, while the US assigns hours of homework. Instead, let the homework be fun, low stress, and low anxiety.

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Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: The truth about homework in schools

Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: The truth about homework in schools | Homework...to assign, or not to assign? | Scoop.it
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An article with very intersting statements about assigning homework. If you scroll down and read the comments by readers, people  offer all sorts of insight on whether or not homework should or shouldn't be assigned. One reader's comments that stuck out to me were "If students do not see the connection between concepts taught in 2 classes within 15 minutes of each other, the "we are preparing them for the real world" excuse for assigning homework is laughable. I feel the same about due dates. If the idea is to have students learn and master skills, giving students a 0 for not having it in on the day the work is due seems backwards. It does not "prepare them for real life." I totally agree that students need to learn real world connections, which is why homework should have sort sort of connection with  home and school. It shouldn't be an excuse to practice math facts from class, but an APPLICATION of those facts to a real life situation, where the information will actually be useful! 

 

This article is a very interesting read, and has pushed me more in the direction of having MeANINGFUL homework. 

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