Teachers should be invited to reflect on whether any given example of homework will help students think deeply about questions that matter. Too many first graders are forced to clip words from magazines that begin with a given letter of the alphabet. Not quite–she does say that some teachers use h A nice quick book that brings up a lot of thoughts. A nice quick book that brings up a lot of thoughts. I highly recommend that every parent, teacher, and administrator reads this book. In most cases, students should be asked to do only what teachers are willing to create themselves, as opposed to prefabricated worksheets or generic exercises photocopied from textbooks.
Explore a new paradigm that helps you understand: A discussion about whether homework might be useful and why can be valuable in its own right. Suggest that teachers assign only what they design. What are its other effects on their lives, and on their families? Does she call teachers lazy, as some have claimed?
At the high school level, the correlation is weak and tends to disappear when more sophisticated statistical measures are applied. Veteran teacher, trainer, professor, consultant, and author Cathy Vatterott distills her years of experience with all kinds of schools into a balanced approach that ensures homework leads to more opportunities for learning and teaching At last, a book that forever solves the debate over whether homework is an essential component of rigorous schooling or a harmful practice.
Too many fifth graders have to color in an endless list of factor pairs on graph paper. Too many eighth graders spend their evenings inching their way through dull, overstuffed, committee-written textbooks, one chapter at a time.
And teachers who have long harbored doubts about the value of homework feel pressured by those parents who mistakenly believe that a lack of afterschool assignments reflects an insufficient commitment to academic achievement. Jul 01, Krystal rated it really liked it.
Alfie Kohn: Rethinking Homework – Gazette
Peer feedback was not a new idea, or the idea that homework and first attempts are practice and ungraded to encourage a culture where it’s safe to learn and make mistakes. I just wish that there were more concrete recommendations. If so, how much? The positive effects of homework are largely mythical. Da Capo Press, Jul 20, Steph rated it liked it. Closing the Book on Homework: She is bringing up these ideas for consideration and self-reflection, and she provides a lot for us to think about.
Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs
I liked the introduction of the history of homework over the past decades. Meanwhile, no study has ever substantiated the belief that homework builds character or teaches good study habits.
I really enjoyed rethnking historical context of homework. Many parents lament the impact of homework on their relationship with their children; they may also kon having to play the role of enforcer and worry that they will be criticized either for not being involved enough with the homework or for becoming too involved.
Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs by Cathy Vatterott
Also lots of strategies to use when homework is not being completed. It definitely makes you re-evaluate your position on homework. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Most of what I read seemed to be common sense but school’s aren’t doing them. Make sure you know what the research really says — that there is no reason to believe kohhn children would be at any disadvantage in terms of their academic learning or life skills if they had much less homework, or even none at all.
Too many eighth graders spend their evenings inching their way through dull, overstuffed, committee-written textbooks, one chapter at a time. The negative effects of homework are well known.
His efforts to make research in human behavior accessible to a general audience have also been published in the Atlantic MonthlyParentsand Psychology Rethijking. February 1, After spending most of the day in school, children are typically given additional assignments to be completed at home.
Nov 08, Megan rated it it was amazing.
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Someone recommended this book to me, and it was full of interesting food for thought from taking away grades for homework to “decriminalize” it and using it for formative assessments only, to limiting the amount of time students spend on homework and scheduling homework nights specifically for each content area. Jul 21, Cathy added it Shelves: Does it seem to assume that children are meaning makers — or empty vessels? Suggest that teachers assign only homewoork they design. The best teachers know that children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions.
Thank you for the reminder Vatterott!