Homework: Generalizations from the Research
The of homework assigned to
students should be between
in homework should be kept to
The should be identified
If homework is assigned, it should be
Appropriate Purposes of Homework
For skills and process
Practice: to increase accuracy, fluency,
and, if appropriate, speed
For information and ideas
Preparation: for new learning
Elaboration: to increase understanding
Issues to Consider When Developing
What kind of homework is most effective?
How much homework is appropriate?
At what age is homework a useful learning
Who is responsible for deciding how much
homework to assign?
Who is responsible for monitoring
Is homework a requirement that students
should be held accountable for?
amount of time
Require little or no parent
Begin the assignment in class to
guarantee students are successful
Students learn responsibility- they should
not need parents to complete it!
Don’t send homework every day for every
Differentiate the assignment for the needs
of your students
Homework should not be punitive
1. It should not be graded
2. You could let students work towards a
collective score or personal reward
3. Remember: homework should foster a
positive attitude toward school
No TAKS passages
Thumbs Up/ Thumbs Down
I sent home 75 multiplication problems
I sent home a few Reading TAKS
We practiced the assignment in class to
check for understanding
I sent home a TAKS writing prompt for the
students to write at home for a grade
My students understand the purpose of
The students could complete the
homework without parent support
I gave a homework assignment on a skill I
I gave prompt feedback on the returned
I gave 18 students zeroes in the
gradebook for not completing homework
I told my students to get their parents to
help them with the homework
My students feel more comfortable after
practicing the skill for 10 minutes
Thumbs up for effective homework!
A Final Thought…
Homework (if done
achievement by 28%.
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