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  • 1. Katie McKnight, PhD
  • 2. Think-Pair –Share Turn to 2-3 colleagues and share what your concerns regarding homework.
  • 3. Homework History  Long debated topic  Even in the 19th century, educators debated the merits of homework.  The role of rigor and homework.  Homework research is inconsistent.  Questions of equity: diversity, family, economical.  Available resources.
  • 4. What we will do in this session: Consider the purpose of homework. Guidelines for homework. Technology and homework.
  • 5. Activity: Why do you give homework?  Take 2 stickers and place them on the reasons listed for giving homework.
  • 6. Why do we assign homework? Access prior student knowledge Writing prompts Anticipation Guides Entrance Slips Provides Practice Time Formative Assessment Student Reflection Extend Class Activities and Learning
  • 7. Suggestions for Homework  Connecting the homework to the class objectives rather than the page number from the textbook.  Provide feedback  Not necessarily teacher feedback  Encourage peer and collaborative feedback
  • 8. Suggestions for Homework  Homework assignment must be reasonable.  Meaning, students must be ready for what is assigned.  Evaluation is formative.  Students should be allowed to redo and revise homework.  Homework is a part of the LEARNING process.  Grading Homework?  75% of US teachers grade  28% of Canadian teachers grade  14% of Japanese teachers grade
  • 9. Than the grade…….
  • 10. Differentiate Homework  Provide Choices for Students  Vary amount and time for the homework
  • 11. Some Ideas About Homework  TECHNOLOGY  Students are already using technology  Why not take advantage of social networking and technology?  Technology increases student motivation to complete homework.  Promoting dialogue, understanding of audience, and digital literacy.  No more lost papers!
  • 12. Some Ideas for Using HW and Tech  Blogging  Wikis  Podcasts  Wequests  Twitter (student comments from reading)  Facebook
  • 13. Some Sites to get started  Resource for using technology for assignments.  dea/  Webquests and researching   Time lines and historical overviews 