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    Matt Larson, NCTM president's message on The Need to Make Homework Comprehensible
    Alternative to "No homework" policy, "No time-wasting, rote, repetitive tasks will be assigned that lack clear instructional or learning purposes." Details in blog post
    Employability grade used by Council Bluffs
    Homework Study finds that homework shows little correlation to grades. It did, however, did identify a positive relationship between homework time and performance on standardized tests.
    What kind of homework benefits students in elementary school?
    One elementary school in Maryland is scrapping traditional homework assignments in favor of free reading and other projects that promote research and critical-thinking skills. Some parents are concerned about whether students will develop good academic habits. "The behavior of homework is more important than the content of homework," parent Cory Siansky said. The school's principal, Stephanie Brant, points to studies, however, that show traditional homework has few benefits for students in elementary school. The Washington Post/Class Struggle blog
    New app aims to turn Facebook into a study tool
    The Facebook application Hoot.me seeks to turn Facebook into a study tool for students. The app diverts students away from their wall and news feed and asks them, "What are you working on?" It then connects students with live group-study sessions on their chosen topic. The tool also could prove useful for educators, providing a way for them to hold "virtual office hours" for students, the tool's CEO and co-founder, Michael Koetting, says. KQED.org/Mind/Shift blog
    Using a devise to take notes may not be most effective.
    Think about the quotes below.
    Is homework the hill you want to die on with your students? Bea McGarvey
    Homework is just one strategy. If
    this strategy is working for your kids, keep doing it. If it is not working for some kids, stop doing it.
    When the going gets tough the tough get going. Some just give up and quit. Because of a student’s dread of homework it can lead to a lack of interest in learning.
    Homework when done poorly can impede learning. This is reflected by a negative effect size. Examples include practicing wrong and not understanding compounded by the effect of grading. Homework should be purposeful and used when appropriate rather than routinely. Bob Marzano—Comment from presentation related to “The Art and Science of Teaching”.
    Is our job as educators to produce learners or workers? Cathy Vatterott
    Homework and practice are ways of extending the school day and providing students with opportunities to refine and extend their knowledge. Bob Marzano
    Teachers should not abandon homework. Instead, they should improve it instructional quality. Bob Marzaon & Deb Pickering Educational Leadership March 2007 p 74-79
    We are faced with the irony that a policy that may be grounded in the belief of holding students accountable (giving zeros) actually allows some students to escape accountability for learning. Ken O’Connor P 86
    If we claim that we want students to take responsibility for homework, we must give them more control over what they learn, how they learn it, and how they show that they’ve learned it.” Tom Guskey page 103 Rethinking Homework
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    Are your students are getting tired of the same old types of homework assignments?
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Wednesday, April 26

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    Why I Let Students "Buy Back" Test Points Middle Web Blog Post
    Homework thoughts for teachers and students. Edutopoia
    My Favorite No Students need to be comfortable with making mistakes learn from those mistakes. This strategy has students looking a mistakes and sharing what they might say to the person to help them better understand the problem.
    "Do This Instead" Alternatives to traditional homework task are suggested in this post. Instead of providing a list of things to memorize have each students develop a memorization trick for a word on the list.
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Sunday, January 8

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    Why I Let Students "Buy Back" Test Points Middle Web Blog Post
    My Favorite No Students need to be comfortable with making mistakes learn from those mistakes. This strategy has students looking a mistakes and sharing what they might say to the person to help them better understand the problem.
    "Do This Instead" Alternatives to traditional homework task are suggested in this post. Instead of providing a list of things to memorize have each students develop a memorization trick for a word on the list.
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Monday, December 5

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    When assigning homework students complete the assignment by copying from someone or have a parent complete the work. Teachers can quickly walk around the room and give a 0,1, or 2 completion note. This provides feedback on student's effort to get work done but does not help to determine if the student understands the practiced concepts. Assign students suggested homework problems and let them know that instead of checking to see if their homework is completed a short quiz will be given with problems similar to the homework assignment. These two feedback methods can be combined to help students develop more ownership of their learning. Related discussion at MiddleWeb Blog post
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    When assigning homework students complete the assignment by copying from someone or have a parent complete the work. Teachers can quickly walk around the room and give a 0,1, or 2 completion note. This provides feedback on student's effort to get work done but does not help to determine if the student understands the practiced concepts. Assign students suggested homework problems and let them know that instead of checking to see if their homework is completed a short quiz will be given with problems similar to the homework assignment. These two feedback methods can be combined to help students develop more ownership of their learning. Related discussion at MiddleWeb Blog post

    Analysis of Errors
    Both of these activities create more student ownership of learning. Each is a little different in focus and could both be used.
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Sunday, November 27

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    Essential Question--What homework practices lead to increased student achievement?
    Homework in the News
    Matt Larson, NCTM president's message on The Need to Make Homework Comprehensible
    Alternative to "No homework" policy, "No time-wasting, rote, repetitive tasks will be assigned that lack clear instructional or learning purposes." Details in blog post
    Employability grade used by Council Bluffs
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Tuesday, November 1

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    At the end of the day, you want the students to be tired, not you. Have students do as much of the work as possible.
    No Homework Policy Shared Another look at this policy
    Why teacher worked out solution keys to homework do not work and 2 good alternatives. Blog Post
    My Favorite No Students need to be comfortable with making mistakes learn from those mistakes. This strategy has students looking a mistakes and sharing what they might say to the person to help them better understand the problem.
    "Do This Instead" Alternatives to traditional homework task are suggested in this post. Instead of providing a list of things to memorize have each students develop a memorization trick for a word on the list.
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Saturday, October 1

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    This document provides an overview of the activity and sample problems. Homework Sums.docx {Homework Sums.docx}
    Pass the Pen
    YouOr You Take the
    Pass the Pen is an activity where one person starts a problem, does one step and passes the paper to the next person. A similar activity "You Take the Right Side and I'll Take the Left" has student work together solving an equation with each person only working on the right or left side of the equation. A document with describes both of these process can be found at Pass the Pen Writing to Problem solve.doc {Pass the Pen Writing to Problem solve.doc} This idea comes from a blog post from Dave Sladkey found at http://teachhighschoolmath.blogspot.com/ . Here is a sample of what student work looks like. Note the two color pens. Pass Pen sample.pdf {Pass Pen sample.pdf}
    A short video by Cindy Boss on the Pass the Paper
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