|Here’s Beyond the Apple’s video, To homework or not to homework, that is the question.|
For homework to be equitable, please consider the following:
Dr. Justin Tarte’s list of homework assumptions:
- Students have a home
- Students have time to complete homework
- Students care if they complete homework
- Students / parents have the language to complete the homework
- Student have a place to complete the homework
- I am the only teacher assigning homework
Nicole S. Carr’s keys to effective homework:
- Aesthetic appeal (visually uncluttered)
and Carr’s procedures for assigning homework:
- Assign homework at the beginning of the class on a topic that has been or will be covered in class
- Explain the homework
- Post the homework
- Start the homework in class
- Provide feedback promptly
Give it a try: Have a discussion about homework in your school. Use these questions to discuss the purpose and value of homework assignments.
- How is this homework assignment tied to prior learning?
- How does this homework connect lesson content to the real world?
- Is this homework designed to be completed independently? Are differentiated versions available for students who excel or students who struggle?
- How will you make adaptations that acknowledge Dr. Tarte’s assumptions?
- Does the student need assistance from a parent/sibling to complete this assignment? If so, is the parent/sibling available?
- How will you mark the homework and provide feedback?
- How will your feedback enhance student learning?
- Is there a consequence of consistently incomplete homework? If so, what is the consequence?
- How will you use student results to inform your instruction?
- Is there an option for the parent/guardian to comment on his/her child’s level of engagement and/ or difficulty?
- Is there an option for the parent to “opt out” of homework?
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