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Homework: What's the Purpose?
Are your homework assignments really helping your students? In an article in Ed Leadership Kathleen Cushman got some interesting insights from research on students perspectives on homework. Kids told Dr. Cushman that their homework should target areas of weakness an push them to reach a new level within their capability. She quoted from a young man who talked about how he practices on his own after a basketball game, working deliberately on areas with recognized weaknesses--more foul shots if he didn't shoot them well, more endurance training if he grew tired during the game. When this student practiced basketball, he knew what the goals were, they were specific to his weaknesses, and the drove his practice efforts. A short way to think about this idea is that his practice had relevance to him; he understood and embraced its purpose, and as a result, wanted to do it. Think about your most recent homework assignments. Did each student see the relevance of that assignment to his/her own learning?
Plan homework assignments that are relevant and articulate that relevance to students. Make sure that students know the point of their homework and that they know what the goal is for their own learning. Are there multiple ways for students to practice on the same topic but with different assignments based on their individual needs? Can you give students some options that achieve appropriate learning goals?
Schedule for New Teacher and Mentor Meetings for Fall 2012
Below is a list of videos available on VDOE website. Please try to take advantage of the videos as a foundation for regular meetings with your mentor.