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  • Homework: What Works Best? Glenn Wiebe ESSDACK [email_address]
  • You know it’s a bad day when
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  • You know you’re having a good day when
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    • Homework is not going away
    Big Ideas
    • We can do homework better
    • Strategies and practical ideas exist to help
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  • Robert Marzano’s Nine Effective Strategies
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  • Jerry Scott/Rick Kirkman 2004
    • Human map:
    • Where are you going for your holiday break?
    • Definition?
    • Purpose?
    Homework
    • Definition?
      • Work done to support / reinforce / extension the lesson taught (not necc. done at home)
    • Purpose?
      • Extension / reinforce / stimulate / repetition / assessment / punishment
    • Find the Personal Assessment Tool
      • Questions 1-3
      • “ Does a clear building homework policy exist?
    • Use sticky notes to “publish” your answers
    • Find group of three
    • What patterns do you see?
    • Means what?
    • Do you give homework?
    • Is it your choice to give homework?
    • How often do you give homework? (never, once, twice, 3x, 4x, 5x a week, more than 5x a week)
    • Does a clear, building-wide homework policy exist?
    • “ Homework is a waste of time for students!”
    • In your group of three
      • Number off 1 / 2 / 3
      • All ones together in new group
      • All twos together in new group
      • All threes together in new group
    • Using the research
      • Ones must agree with the statement
      • Twos must disagree with the statement
      • Threes are “Switzerland”
  • Agree group Disagree group Neutral group 1 agree 1 disagree 1 neutral Your task? Convince neutral that your position is correct
    • Agree / disagree each get 90 seconds
    • Agree / disagree each have 60 seconds for rebuttal
    • Neutral get 180 seconds for questions
    • Agree / disagree each have 30 seconds for “closing arguments”
    • If needed, neutral can take 30 more seconds for clarification
    • Neutral must vote and explain vote
  • Waste of time?
    • Positives?
    • Negatives?
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    • Criteria of quality homework assignments?
      • Timely / detailed teacher feedback
      • Purpose clearly explained
      • No new skills
      • Different amounts for different grades
      • Developmentally appropriate
      • Different types
      • Individualized
    • So what?
      • Amount should be different at different grades
        • Should be total for the entire day, not per class
      • 10 minutes per grade
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    • So what?
      • Parent involvement should be minimal
      • Minimal or negative effects occur when parents are asked to help
      • Suggested handout
    • So what?
      • Clearly state purpose
  • Preparation for new learning or Elaboration to increase understanding Practice to increase accuracy or fluency New Ideas & Information Skills & Processes
    • Think Before and After reading activities
      • See samples
    • Clarification format
    • Subject: ____________
    • Due date: ___________
    • What I have to do:____________________________
    • __________________________________________
    • __________________________________________
    • Purpose of assignment: _________________________
    • __________________________________________
    • What I have to know / be able to do to complete the assignment: _____________________
    • __________________________________________
    • So what?
      • Provide feedback using a variety of methods
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      • Post answers on web site after assignments are due / on bulletin board
      • Provide sample answers
      • Peer review
      • Small group review
      • Oral presentations
      • Post answers on web site after assignments are due / on bulletin board
      • Provide sample answers
      • Peer review
      • Small group review
      • Oral presentations
      • Turn to elbow partner:
        • What works for you?
    • What’s online?
    • Homework Spot
      • <www.homeworkspot.com>
    • Empowered Desktop
      • <kportal.learningstation.com>
    • KidsClick
      • <www.kidsclick.org>
    • RefDesk
      • <www.refdesk.com>
    • Homework Helper
      • <school.discovery.com/homeworkhelp/bjpinchbeck/index.html>
    • IPL TeenSpace
      • <www.ipl.org/div/teen>
    • LD Homework Help
      • <www.ldonline.org/indepth/homework>
    • Your Homework
      • <www.yourhomework.com>
    • Ask an Expert
      • <www.askanexpert.com>
    • What’s your favorite?
    • Post on paper
    • So what?
      • Create & communicate a clear homework policy
      • Should be at least school wide
    • What might an effective building or district-wide homework policy look like?
  • Sample homework policy
    • No more than 90 minutes per night
      • 15 minutes looking for assignment in backpack
      • 7 minutes surfing the web
      • 11 minutes emailing friend to get a new copy
      • 23 minutes telling parent that teacher is “mean”
      • 8 minutes in the bathroom
      • 10 minutes getting a snack
      • 6 minutes griping about teacher’s explanation
      • 10 minutes watching mom actually complete the assignment
  • Should include:
    • Frequency of assignments
    • Amount of work
    • Consequences
    • Feedback
    • Not to teach complex skills / material
    • Parents rarely asked to help
    • Related to curriculum
  • Homework policy rubric
    • Poor
      • Homework policies and practices are rigid and not designed to promote student learning
      • Consequences of incomplete homework are punitive
      • Students have had no opportunity to contribute to the development of the policies
    Charlotte Danielson
    • Basic
      • Homework policies and practices are moderately flexible and attempt to promote student learning
      • Consequences for incomplete homework are fairly reasonable
      • Students have had some opportunity to contribute to the development of the policies
    • Exemplary
      • Homework policies and practices are flexible and designed to promote student learning
      • Consequences for incomplete homework are firm but respectful
      • Students have contributed to the development of the policies
    • “ Do I Have to Do My Homework ?”
    • <handout>
    • “ Using Technology to Support Homework ”
    • <manila.esu6.org/instructionalstrategies>
    • Share with original group of three:
    • One tech idea from the resources that might work
    • One strategy that you already use
  • You know it’s a bad day when
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    • you’re listening to Glenn on the last workday before Christmas
  • You know you’re having a good day when
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    • You’re leaving early on the last workday before Christmas
  • Homework on homework?
    • What is one thing you can do to improve student learning through homework?