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Homework: A Math Dilemma and What To Do About It -- THE Journal

Homework: A Math Dilemma and What To Do About It -- THE Journal | Necessity of Math Homework | Scoop.it
The issue of assigning homework is controversial in terms of its purpose, what to assign, the amount of time needed to complete it, parental involvement, its actual affect on learning and achievement, and impact on family life and other valuable...
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One thing that stood out the most from this journal article was the "understanding" aspect of mathematical mastery.  In this section of the article, the author discusses ways in which you can assign homework to check for students' understanding.  Rather than assigning the same worksheet to all the students wihch some will not know how to do, and some will not even need, you can assign a homework for students to write down or illustrate their understanding of a concept learned in the class.  You can give them an essential question about the subject taught in class for students to answer at home.  This way, you will get an assessment of individual students' understanding and see where you need to go on from there the next lesson.

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Common Core Classrooms: Changing Math Homework Mindset

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September (6). Changing Math Homework Mindset · Excellent Common Core Website · Take a Peek Inside! - Documenting for Grades K-10 · Figurative Language Prezi · Fern Smith's FREEBIE Go Yoda! Harder Equivalent Fr..


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This blogger teacher speaks about her experiences with a whole paradigm shift in how she saw and created math homework for her students.  She realized that she was lacking something, that the purpose of homework, which was to review what students have learned, is not really serving its purpose, as shown through grades.  She completely switched over to ten problems each day of not just homework that the students learned that day but problems of EVERYTHING the students have learned in that whole year.  The students constantly got reviews and never forgot anything so the grades skyrocketed.  I think that I will use this method for my classroom because I do not think we can completely get rid of homework because there are parents that demand it strongly, and there are benefits of homework.  

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New Common Core standards challenge kids -- and their parents

New Common Core standards challenge kids -- and their parents | Necessity of Math Homework | Scoop.it

New Common Core standards challenge kids -- and their parents myfoxny.com Long Island City public school fourth grader Glen Masala's math homework is more challenging than ever. Glen is being asked to learn math and English differently.


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This article makes us ponder about the necessity and importance of math homework.  With the new common core curriculum standards, it has become harder for parents to help their children with homework.  If students are needing help on their homework from their parents, then they have not learned enough in classrooms.  If parents are not able to supply more knowledge and understanding for the child, then it is up to the teachers in the classrooms to help students understand it - therefore, homework is not neccessary. 

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Do Students Really Need Practice Homework?

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This article argues that math homework is not as useful as teachers and parents think they are.  Most teachers and parents misunderstand that math can "reinforce" the lesson learned in class so that students will be able to perfect their mathematical skill.  However, we cannot conclude to this theory because mathematical skill is not the same as an ability to play a sport.  The author argues that if a student does not understand the concept very well but he is forced into "reinforcing" a solution method that he does not understand, this will put him into an even greater loss.  Demonstrating how to solve a problem one way is not the best way to teach students math.  Students need to develop their own way of solving something that actually work for themselves as individuals.

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Ditch the Homework

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Photo Credit: 4-6 via Compfight cc In general, I am anti-homework. After teaching math for 14 years I observed that the kids who needed to do the homework didn't and those who didn't need it did. I...

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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.  
This article suggests that if you were to send homework, then you should also send an instruction for parents with the lesson goals for the next week and sources they can use to help their children out.   

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Heather Wehrle's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:42 AM

I agree with a lot of the points made in the article.  In my own experience, I often flew through my homework for the sake of getting it done and had no need to do it in the first place.  It was simply busy work that prevented my from enjoying time with my friends and family at night.  I also understand the challenges that come with teaching in high-poverty areas.  Many of the parents of my current students are immigrants from Central America that never received an education themselves.  They cannot help their children with their homework either because they cannot read it or do not understand how to do it themselves.  

 

This raises the argument once again: should we have homework at all?  What is the real purpose of homework?  I think that instead of sending home worksheets every night just for the sake of having homework, we should rethink what homework should be helping students to do.  While I am unsure that writing off homework all together is practical in every classroom, I definitely think that there is too much meaningless homework being given.  Instead, home should be a place where students apply what they have learned and extend their thinking.  Optional practice assignments, as mentioned in the article, are a good way to ensure that all of your students are given the opportunity to try practice problems if they would like to but does not force it upon students who do not need the busy work.

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.