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I Don't Give Homework Anymore. RSCON5 Presentation July 2014


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I Don't Give Homework Anymore. RSCON5 Presentation July 2014

  1. 1. I DON’T GIVE HOMEWORK ANYMORE Justine Hughes The Innovative E The eLearning Buzz @cossie29 The Innovative E - Everything eLearning in Education
  2. 2. ❏ Learner ❏ Teacher ❏ Passionate about using tech for the right reasons – the WHY? ❏ Blended eLearning consultant ❏ Literacy Leader ❏ Masters’ student - final paper!
  3. 3. How many excuses have you heard / received for homework not being completed? What’s the best one??
  4. 4. Why Do We Give Homework? Take a moment and think about this…
  5. 5. You may be thinking some of these... ❏ It reinforces learning at school. ❏ It is good practise and practice. ❏ Parents / caregivers want it. A couple of links that support homework: Why homework is important Purpose of Homework What are your thoughts?
  6. 6. HOMEWORK ‘TYPES’ ❏ Single sheet with lots of different ‘activities’ on it. Everyone gets one of these. ❏ Projects. ❏ Homework that makes an attempt at an individualised programme of learning.
  7. 7. What I Used To Do... ❏ Activities to support in-class learning; differentiated to a certain extent. ❏ Reading, spelling. ❏ Maths - not differentiated as well as it could be. ❏ Activities linked to our current Inquiry.
  8. 8. Sometimes I think it was received like this (no matter how great I thought it was... It did link to classroom learning... ...but it wasn’t engaging, stimulating, or motivating.
  9. 9. Why was it important to change? ❏ Students were completing it out of compliance rather than being intrinsically motivated to learn. ❏ It wasn’t individualised or challenging enough – most importantly, there was little passion for learning. ❏ I was struggling with spending all of my Saturdays providing written feedback on every little aspect.
  10. 10. ❏ Student feedback to me showed there wasn’t the learning happening that I thought there was. ❏ I wanted to challenge their thinking and encourage them to take responsibility for their learning. ❏ I knew I could do better for my students and for myself. ❏ It wasn’t matching with my beliefs about how students learn best but it fitted in with school-wide policy at the time.
  11. 11. Looking At Alternatives I’ve always used digital tools to support and enhance the learning for my students so I thought I’d start there. Begin with the students’ individual learning needs. The in-class programme was very focused on being individualised and I realised that the home part of the programme was not matching as it should. There was a need to challenge what ‘it has always been done like this so it works’ thinking because it clearly wasn’t working. I wanted passion for learning not compliance for doing.
  12. 12. ❏ Developing a consistency between the classroom and home - flattening the walls and flipping the classroom and valuing anytime, anywhere learning - 2-way process. ❏ Challenging current school thinking on homework using evidence and student voice.
  13. 13. Talking With The Students... ❏ Using student voice to make a change. ❏ Completing PMIs etc about what they liked about in- class learning - and current homework. ❏ Asking them about how it could be improved or done differently.
  14. 14. Researching The Options... ❏ Flipped Classroom. ❏ Personalised & Differentiated Learning. ❏ Developing a Blended eLearning culture of anywhere, anytime learning.
  15. 15. ❏ Changing thinking about where and how teaching and learning happens - changing it for teachers, students, parents, BOT. ❏ Creating passion and excitement for learning.
  16. 16. I Don’t Give Homework Anymore. Homework - What's the Alternative? Alternatives to homework – a Chart for Teachers
  17. 17. I Do Give Prep. for Learning. What’s that?? It’s about… ❏Connections ❏Interactions ❏Questioning ❏Creating and sharing knowledge ❏Passion for learning ❏Critical Thinking
  18. 18. ❏ Planning ahead - what learning is coming up or what skills do my students need? ❏ What questions can I ask to engage them deeply in the learning? ❏ What platform am I going to use? (I use blogs and links to Google Docs). ❏ How is the discussion and sharing of learning going to happen - online, face-to-face, Blended? (Reading is still a focus - in fact they do so much more than previously. We use Literature Circles as one part of this along with instructional reading. Other basics, e.g. maths, spelling are covered through online activities. Students write constantly - recording thinking, blogging, sharing learning with ePals, commenting and questioning in online discussion, etc.).
  19. 19. It’s real and relevant connections… ...locally and globally. each other…
  20. 20. Ok, but does it work? ❏ ❏ Participation in class learning / discussions showed evidence of thinking and research. ❏ Participation also increased - high expectations of being prepared to collaborate and contribute. ❏ Feedback from students and parents was very positive – many parents participated. ❏ Students reading more from a wider range of texts, writing more. Student engagement on the class learning blogs was high.
  21. 21. Find Out More… If you’d like to know more about how to get started in your learning environment with Prep. For Learning, I’d love to hear from you! @cossie29 on Twitter LinkedIn Skype: justine.hughes18