How much homework should students have?
Is homework for practice or learning?
Is it fair to assign homework that relies on internet access?
What is the purpose of homework?
How does homework count, if at all?
Does everyone have to do the same homework?
If we step back and think about homework through the lens of personalized learning we can come to some clarity around homework in our schools. Here are some questions to ask yourself about homework, and some resources to help you tame this weed.
Questions related to learner autonomy and access:
- Did I give learners any choice in the homework?
- Do all learners have to do this homework? If not, how did I support learners in recognizing if they need to do it?
- Did I invite learners to have a voice in any aspect of the homework?
- What assumptions have I made about the ability of all learners to do this on their own?
- What assumptions have I made about the necessary environment needed for learners to be successful with this homework?
Questions related to homework purpose:
- How does this homework relate to a learning target, or a foundational skill?
- Am I expecting learners to interact with something new for the first time in this homework? If so, what is my plan for supporting can continuing the interaction with the new content rather than relying on the interaction with the new content?
- How does this homework encourage learners to take initiative in their learning?
These reads from Edutopia and EdWeek will help you come to conclusions about how homework fits in a learner-centered proficiency-based environment at any grade level.
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