Tricks of the Trade Home Work and Practiceby Erin Perry and Stefanie Herceg
Theory of HomeworkThe amount of homework assigned to studentsshould be different from elementary to middle school.Parent involvement in homework should be kept to aminimum.If homework is assigned, it should be commented on.
Evidence of Homework Effectiveness Grade level Recommended Homework Percentile gainPrimary grades 30 minutes little to none 4-6th grade 45-90 minutes 6 6-8th grade 90-120 minutes 12 High School 120-180 minutes 24
Implementation Establish and communicate and homework policy Vary the approaches to providing feedback. Use of Homework Percentile GainHomework with teachers’ comments as 30feedback Graded homework 28 Assigned homework, but not graded 11
Theory Behind ImplementationMastering a skill requires a fair amount of focusedpractice.While practicing, students should adapt and shapewhat they have learned.
PracticeStudents should chart their own speed andaccuracyDesign practice assignments that focus on specificelements of a complex skill or process.Planning Time for Students to Increase Theirconceptual understanding of Skills or Processes.
ExamplesOn-line Text booksEdmodoGoogleDocsStudy IslandIpad AppsTiered WorksheetsChoice Boards: Wiki spaces,Pinterest
Student AccessClassroom Web SiteEdmodoDifferentiated methods for disorganized or special Edstudents.
ReferencesMarzano, Robert J, Pickering, Debra J, Pollock, Jane E.(2001). Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-BasedStrategies for Increasing Student Achievement. Alexandria,Virginia: Association for Supervision and CurriculumDevelopment.