*not,*"There is homework tonight." (Wormelli, p 41)

What amount of work takes 50 minutes? That answer is going to be significantly different for different students. It is important to either differentiate homework or send the homework home with a time limit. The teacher can assign a number of problems for practice and tell students to practice for 12 minutes and then draw a line upon the completion of those 12 minutes. Some problems will not get done.

If teachers are able to collaborate, then they should talk to each other about the amount of homework that is being given on a particular day. If a large assignment is being given in Math, then maybe that day there is no assignment in Science. Even then, the Math assignment should be reasonable. Homework should not be assigned unless students have already been exposed to a topic and they have adequate background knowledge to complete the homework without additional instruction. Homework should

*not*simply be what we didn't get done in class. Students should learn the topic before being sent off to practice on their own. Following ITIP, teachers should check for understanding, then do guided practice in the room. After guided practice is complete, then you can assign work to be done as independent practice.

Grading of homework is also an important issue. Students' grades should not be based on their homework, but rather on in-class assessments. Once work leaves the classroom, no guarantees can be made about who did the homework. If in-class assessments are the way students are graded, then a student will gain no advantage by parents helping to complete the work or copying other students work. The focus becomes learning, not homework completion. Students begin to see a connection between the work they do and the learning that happens.

Works Cited

Wormelli, Rick. "Teaching in the Middle: Homework How we Assign it."

*Middle Ground:The Magazine of Middle Level Education*. 11.4 (2008): 41-42. Web. 5 Feb. 2012. <http://www.amle.org/Publications/MiddleGround/Articles/April2008/Article18/tabid/1666/Default.asp&xgt;.

The homework assignments for my classes are minimum. Some don't even stay at the same house two nights in a row; all their work is completed in class where I can be of assistance to those who might need help. I might ask them to bring an item for class from home.

ReplyDeleteGreat point. Homework is a significant disadvantage for students like the ones you are describing.

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