Some teachers believe in homework, while others do not. Some teachers give a lot of homework, while others give very little.
I believe that homework has its place and the amount needs to be reasonable to the age of the students, however most importantly it needs to be relevant.
Giving students homework for the sake of getting homework is pointless. I believe activities should be assigned that correlate to the work being completed in class. Homework should be planned ahead of time in correlation with the units of work.
For the older students, a homework table for the entire term may be given which could be placed in the front of their homework books. Each school week is listed in the table with activities to be completed by the student for that week. The activities are specific to a KLA and relates to the work the students are completing in class. This helps the students to reinforce the concepts learnt in class and also allows the teacher to observe the students’ understanding.
I also like the idea of including an activity pertaining to family life or a fitness/sport activity. You could also leave this in blank for the students to come up with something on their own.
No matter how you choose to set out the homework, whether it be a table like the one above or simple worksheets, ensure that the work you set is relevant.
Another important note regarding homework is to ensure that the homework is gone through together as a class if possible. This ensures the students understand the homework if they had any difficulty. Teachers should also provide students with feedback when marking their homework.
What do you think about homework?
Do you have any homework tips?
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