Monday, May 15, 2017

Homework: Making it Simple, Easy and Meaningful

     There is a lot of controversy surrounding the topic of homework. Should we give our students homework or not? Is it beneficial, and if so, at what age? What kind of homework should be given? On top of all this, some parents dislike homework while other parents demand it, complicating the homework issue further. While definitive answers to the homework debate is somewhat obscure, one thing is for sure: Almost everyone has an opinion on the matter.
    In attempt to make the homework we give out more meaningful, my grade-level team and I worked to design a sheet that displays mostly interactive learning tasks for students to perform at home (instead of filling in a worksheet). These sheets display their high-frequency words for the week (as well as a space to check off how they studied their words), an optional science/social studies activity (ex: research [insert topic here]; draw how you can keep the world green and clean, etc.), and a hand's on math activity (ex: make ten with different objects. Draw how you made ten). The idea is to give students tasks that are not only engaging, but assist in solidifying abstract concepts.
     In addition to this homework sheet, students are expected to read for 50 minutes a week and are given an entire week (7 days) to do so. Since we really want to promote the love of reading, we don't refer to reading as homework but as an expectation.

     Here is one of our homework sheets completed by a student:


What kind of homework do you give to your students? I would love to hear. 

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