Teaching For Success – What is Homework?
Homework is a crucial part of the learning process and is a simple type in helping our students prepare to become independent learners. This in turn is imperative within our technologically changing world and within our hypercompetitive, global economy.
Let’s review what homework should be and why we ask our students to tackle additional work.
First, homework is an assignment that has direct relevance from what is being taught tomorrow or week. Homework never introduces new concepts, ideas, or material. It is supplemental; thus, good homework assignments can have a student practicing what they’ve got already learned, expanding their core information about a topic with additional reading or viewing and/or answering questions, usually inside the written form, about the material and ideas that have been covered.
It is very important to make note of that after a student answers a question either orally or perhaps in writing, they may be synthesizing the new material they’ve learned making use of their past knowledge and experience. For each student, these exercises are very important since it puts newly learned material into context using the existing knowledge base, and because writing poses an important challenge, they may be also using a feeling of accomplishment and belief that what they’ve to the state has value.
Homework shouldn’t take more time than twenty or so minutes per subject. This is critical! Remember that the typical attention span is relatively short: 20 mins (that is certainly with a good day). We are asking the scholars to become self-governing with their discipline and accomplish a task independently, which means you have to be reasonable!
Do not assemble them to fail. Stick to 20 minutes per subject with only three subjects every day. When you are giving homework you need to remember their abilities. Many parents/teachers create homework assignments based on their abilities and speed versus those of their students. Invariably, both sides end up frustrated and dissatisfied. Base all homework for the skills and knowledge with the student.
The only exception to the 20-minute rule is reading. We know that continued practice and experience of reading makes better readers, so there’ll be instances the place that then homework turns into a fixed amount of pages as opposed to time. You must decide based on your student’s particular needs.
Remember, whenever your student is conducted using their homework, they must feel empowered and successful. It is not a period for extreme struggle or hardship, and when this occurs, this is a surefire strategy to have students disengage through the learning process completely. This is why we assess even as teach.
DO NOT just give homework since you taught the fabric. You may have taught it, but did students learn it? Remember, most homework assignments are practice – not learning automatically. It seems a little naive to anticipate students to learn by themselves what they did not learn with you teaching it for many years.