I am amazed at the vast difference in opinion regarding homework. Just in the last couple of days, I have heard a news story stating that homework is irrelevant to the 21st century and read a newspaper article stating that two hours of homework each night is beneficial to students. Click here for a previous post I have written about homework.
Isn’t there a happy medium?
In a discussion between @keelygriffiths and @M_Carreiro and myself (@ashleyazzopardi) we agreed that homework is relevant to the 21st century if it;
- Revises concepts learnt in class
- Builds on existing knowledge
- Integrates ICT
- Promotes inquiry learning
- Includes open ended questions
Click here for a Prezi I have created in a previous post regarding learning in the 21st century.
I have seen many schools with the following recommendations for the maximum time spent on homework each night (including reading):
- Kindergarten and Year One: 15 minutes
- Year Two: 20 minutes
- Year Three: 30 minutes
- Year Four: 40 minutes
- Year Five and Year Six: 60-90 minutes
What are your thoughts about homework?
Does your school have a homework policy?
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