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Madeline Morgan
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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.

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.