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

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