The Homework Dilemma- by Violet G.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the purpose of homework lately. Especially at the middle level. The topic of homework rubs many people the wrong way. I have yet to find a parent or an educator who sits on the fence when it comes to this topic. What is the purpose of homework? How much is enough? Should students do homework in the classroom or at home? Ugh… I’ve got so many questions, and the problem is everyone has an opinion… but nobody has a definite answer.
One thing I’m positive about is that homework should be meaningful and its purpose should be clear to the student. Handing out a word find puzzle for a spelling assignment makes sense to me. Handing out a word find puzzle for any other reason boggles my mind. How is finding ‘guten tag’ on the German class word find puzzle going to help a student learn the meaning of guten tag? I think it would be great for students to write the goal for each assignment under their name on the assignment! I would think this would help students know why they have the assignment, and keep teachers from assigning homework just for the sake of assigning homework.
I understand the amount of time for homework should differ for each grade. I would expect that students at the elementary level would have very little homework and students in the high school would have more. But, how much is the right amount for a middle school student? There is so much research out there… I wonder what middle level teachers across Nebraska think.
I’m starting to hear rumblings about the flipped classroom. This is where the teacher posts the lesson online. The students watch the lesson on their own time, then they do the homework in class. I like the theory behind this! Students will have questions while doing the assignment, and the best person to ask is the teacher! And lookie here! The teacher is walking around just looking for a student to help! I wonder, though, about the families who do not have access to the internet or to computers. How do teachers who flip their classrooms make sure everyone has a chance to achieve? I’d love to hear from Nebraska teachers who have flipped classrooms and find out how it’s done!
I don’t think I’ll have an exact answer to my questions on homework. That said, I am very interested to hear about what educators across Nebraska are doing. That’s what I love about NAMLE! It’s a great way to share ideas with other educators! Let me know what you think! You can comment on the NAMLE website (http://www.namle.org/home/), NAMLE Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NE.NAMLE), or NAMLE Twitter page.
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