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Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question
The real question we should be asking is, "What do we believe should happen after the end of the school day to help ensure that students retain what they have learned and are primed to learn more?" Any answer with the word, "work" in its name, as in "homework," is not typically going to be met with eagerness or enthusiasm by students. Ideally, we want children to understand that they are always learners. In school, we refer to them as "students" but outside of school, as children, they are still learners. So it makes no sense to even advertise a "no homework" policy in a school. It sends the wrong message. A realistic homework strategy should be a key topic of back-to-school night and the first parent-teacher conferences of the school year. Home Activities That Matter the Most Some parents will select focused programs or after-school experiences to help foster their children's learning in one or more of the aforementioned areas. Parents Playing Their Part Reference Elias, M.

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The Connected Educator: It Begins with Collaboration Collaboration has always been a key component of education both from a teaching standpoint and as a learning method. In the past, collaboration was hindered by space and time. In order to collaborate, people needed to be face to face in the same location. To create those conditions, educators formed groups with common interests. Schools organized their staffs by grade levels or subject areas so that educators could collaborate. Replacing homework with sporting activities The research around the impact of homework on learning outcomes is not conclusive, and at times contradictory. If your school is considering stopping formal homework and encouraging students to do something else, what are the alternatives? Here’s one school’s approach.

KASL: Higher Order Thinking Skills Not too long ago, our district devoted an entire day to thinking about how to fold higher order thinking skills or HOTS into our practice. It was a great day led by two excellent facilitators from ESSDACK. I was in the high school group led by Marci Shearon. In the course of the day, Marci challenged us to think about our practice and consider carefully how we could really use HOTS with students. HOTS need not be impossibly difficult, but they do need to be about depth and complexity.

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning process–teaching strategies, writing pieces, etc. Which is what makes the following chart from Kathleen Cushman’s Fires in the Mind compelling. Rather than simply a list of alternatives to homework, it instead contextualizes the need for work at home (or, “homework”). The Best Video Sites For Language Learning In 2016 Note: Also be sure to visit my Essential Language Learning Tools page where I’ve listed these and other quality language learning resources. I’m a visual learner. Even if I have an excellent audio resource to learn a language from, I still find it easier when I can see who’s talking. Body language, visual cues and the environment make a huge difference to how quickly I and many other people pick up new vocabulary and expressions. For that reason I love using sites that put an emphasis on quality video material.

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