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Efficient & Meaningful Homework Review

Efficient & Meaningful Homework Review | Math Homework | Scoop.it
Make homework meaningful for your students with this easy teaching strategy. By getting students to be responsible to each other, homework serves a purpose bigger than just making the teacher happy.
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This video showed me a technique that I plan on using in my future classroom. When giving students homework a way to make it more meaningful is having the students discuss their homework with a small group. They can compare strategies that they used in order to get their answers. By doing this the students are able to teach each other and solve problems that they have on their own. This will also allow for the teacher to answer less questions and allow the students to run the classroom. This technique also allows for the teacher to observe how the students work together and communicate to one another. For students that are lost or confused on the material, this gives the students a chance to teach each other. It also allows for the students to see multiple ways of how a problem can be solved. Sometimes students get stuck in math because the way a student is trying to solve a certain problem may not be the way that makes the most sense to them. The technique also saves time in the classroom. Becuase the students are helping and teaching one another the questions that they ask the teacher at the end of the sharing are usually things that the entire class needs clarification on. This allows for the teacher to be going over material that the entire class has questions on, rather than going over something for one student that everyone already understands. I really like this technique and find it very useful. I plan to use it in my future math classroom, just like the teacher did in this video.

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How to Create Effective Homework - MindShift (blog)

How to Create Effective Homework - MindShift (blog) | Math Homework | Scoop.it
How to Create Effective Homework
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“reports that homework in science, English and history has 'little to no impact' on student test scores.
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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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Heather Wehrle's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:46 AM

The major take-away from this article is the importance of motivation: in order to do homework and do it well, students must first be motivated to do it.  I think that while motivation during classroom activities and lessons is stressed, homework is not considered in the same light.  Teachers give extra-practice worksheets for homework that do nothing to motivate students about the actual content of the work.  As a student myself, I was motivated to do my homework because I wanted to please my teacher and get good grades.  It was rare that my motivation was based on the content or the learning itself, meaning that I quickly forgot what I was learning.

 

In my future classroom, I want homework to be a time when students are able to make lasting connections and do meaningful and engaging work.  I want their motivation to be the source of a passion for learning as it was for the students discussed in the article.  Although it takes time and effort to develop, having students be motivated to do their homework will enhance their learning greatly and help them extend their knowledge beyond the classroom.

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The Homework Debate | Education.com

The Homework Debate | Education.com | Math Homework | Scoop.it
Many in the education field today are looking for evidence to support the case for homework, but are coming up empty handed.
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Homework or no homework that is the question! This article discusses the pros and cons to both sides of this debate. This article points out a very interesting con about homework. It explains that homework can cause stress and strain on a family and that is one of the many reasons to why schools are banning homework. This was very interesting to me because this was an idea I had not thought of before. In my internship this is something that I have seen take place. For the students in my class that are ELL students homework seems to be a struggle for them. Because I am in a first grade classroom the students are just beginning to learn to read. The students are given homework that has to be read or that they need to understand how to do. If the ELL students do not know how to do their homework it is hard for them to get assistance from their parents at home due to the language barrier. I can see how something like this would cause stress on the family, student, and the teacher. There are always ways around this like sending the homework directions in both spanish and english, but there may also be students whose parents are not sure how to do the homework assignment. The stress caused by the homework confusion could then lead to the child feeling upset or confused about his or her school work. Another statement from the article that I found said, "If kids have no choice in the matter of homework, they're not really exercising judgment, and are instead losing their sense of autonomy." This idea really hit home for me. In my future classroom I think that allowing the students to have choice is so very important. With homework that is just given to students and asked to be completed takes away all choice from the students and this is something I would not want to take place. In the future if I am required to assign homework I plan to make it both meaningful and relevant by connecting it to the real world and making it something the students can do without becoming stressed.

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Jenee' Greenwood's curator insight, December 14, 2013 1:01 PM

Reading this article, I learned that homework is being banned in many schools. Although I realized this was a growing debate, I would have never thought an entire school would ban homework. I understand how homework could hinder student's, but all homework does not have to be worksheets, or does it? Is banning homework banning the teachers from getting creative and thinking of other means of homework, or is it allowing more creativity? As a future educator, I would like to give my students worksheets for homework as a review not as often, but having an option would be great in my opinion. 

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Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Five Hallmarks of Good Homework

Educational Leadership:Giving Students Meaningful Work:Five Hallmarks of Good Homework | Math Homework | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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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.

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Heather Wehrle's curator insight, December 10, 2013 10:44 PM

This website offers a great breakdown of ways to assess how effective and meaningful a certain homework is.  I think that the most important thing to consider is what the purpose of the homework is and if it accomplishes what it is meant to.  If we are not sure why we are giving homework, then why are we giving it?  Everything that we give to our students should have a purpose.  I believe that one of the most important uses for homework, especially in math, is to bridge the gap between school and home.  The students in my class began the year with a disposition that math is only used in school; those who said that they did math at home cited "homework" as how they saw math at home.  It is important that we raise a generation of students that understand the usefulness of math.  If they believe it has no place in their lives outside of school, they will be less likely to be motivated to learn it.

 

In my own future classroom, I hope to be able to give meaningful homework that also allows the students to take ownership over their work.  The article mentions having students do independent research; in math, I think that having students conduct investigations and returning to school to share their ideas with classmates is an effective way to engage the students and show them how useful math can be outside of school.  Homework is an opportunity for students to make choices and express their understanding in unique ways.

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Homework Choice Allows Differentiation and Encourages Creativity

Homework Choice Allows Differentiation and Encourages Creativity | Math Homework | Scoop.it
Listen to me present this live at Global Math (recording will be up 2/6/13). I have recently started offering "choice" homework assignments - and my students LOVE them.  Last week in a survey, many...
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Adding choice into math homework is something that I want to be able to do in my future classroom. By allowing my students to choose how they complete their homework is a great way to make sure that students are aware that their opinion matters and that they have control over their learning. Also giving students the option to create their own homeowrk problems allows them to be creative. By doing this the students are also able to share their questions that they made up with other students and see if they can solve them for their homework. By doing this the students then get a variety of different problems made up by their peers that they can do for their homework. This is a very useful way for students to do math homework, because if they can make up a math problem about a topic that they have been learning about this shows that they are understanding the topic and can not only do the problem but they can work backwards and make up their own. By having students work backwards shows that they understand the concept very clearly. In my classroom I want to allow my studnets the option to create their own math homework because it makes the homework relevant to them and can be a challenge for them to come up with problems that will stump their fellow classmates. I also think that when the students switch their problems with someone else, they are very eager in order to solve the problems that their peers made up because they want to see if they can be stumped. I plan to use this activity in my classroom and allow students to come up with their own math homework.

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