Thursday Nov. 12
This is the first time I have sat down to write on this blog in months. I guess I either ran out of material or just figured no one reads. But the only way to get a blog going is to write and promote it.
My topic for today is simple: Homework. Many discussions take place around this subject, specifically, the merits of or problems associated with it. Usually, its the latter that sparks the most debate.
As a kid, I hated homework with a passion, especially if I did not understand the material presented. As I got older, my parents could not help me with it too much. They said it was so different from when they went to school. This did not help me or make me more inquisitive. Most of the time I had homework because I did not get the work done in class, so completion was the primary purpose.
Is this still the main reason?
Other questions I have:
1. Do we assign homework for extra practice?
2. Do we give homework to aid with old/new concept reinforcement?
3. Should we have students do any of it? In many, cases I still see students with incomplete work and giving a homework mark does not work . In our division, with basically “no zero” policies, are we creating more problems than soltions?
Does homework effectively increase student learning?