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  • HOMEWORK 2.0 - CHALLENGING CONVENTIONAL HOMEWORK PRACTICES

    Stella Beale, Marin Academy Margaret Dunlap, Challenge Success

  • SESSION GOALS

    • Participants will learn the latest research on homework.

    • Participants will explore practical and effective solutions to make homework assignments more effective, meaningful, and relevant.

    • Participants will discuss ideas for effective change of homework practice and policy to increase student learning while avoiding overload.

  • THINK PAIR SHARE

    • Identify one challenge related to homework you face at your school, in your classroom, or even in your home

    • Turn to a partner

    • Share your thinking with one another

  • HOMEWORK ARGUMENT 1

    Homework is good for kids. It teaches organizational skills, and keeps them out of trouble.

  • HOMEWORK ARGUMENT 2

    Kids spend less time on homework than they used to, and kids in the U.S. spend less time on homework than kids in other countries.

  • HOMEWORK ARGUMENT 3

    Homework leads to higher student grades and test scores.

  • HOMEWORK ARGUMENT 4

    Doing too much homework leads to burnout and disengagement from school.

  • SURVEY

    Completed by over 170,000 middle & high schoolers at over 200 schools

    Questions include items on: Academic engagement Physical and mental health Homework Academic worry Beliefs about teacher care/support Stress and ways to alleviate it

  • HOMEWORK DATA Nightly homework load:

    Middle School: 2.1 hrs/night High School: 3.1 hrs/night

    % doing more than 3.5 hours/night

    Middle School: 15% High School: 30% Exhibit poorer mental/physical health

    Over 50% perceive most of their homework to be busywork

  • TENSION FOR TEACHERS

    ∕ Standards + tests = more homework

    ∕ Too much to cover in class

    ∕ Pushed to prepare kids for the next level

  • TENSION FOR PARENTS

    ∕ Some want more, some want less

    ∕ Agree that homework is a bigger issue than in the past

    ∕ Feel it’s out of their control

  • TENSION FOR STUDENTS

    ∕ Still dislike homework

    ∕ Most common cause of stress, according to our survey

    ∕ Longer days, overscheduled

  • USING A CRITICAL LENS Changing the homework conversation from quantity and achievement to quality and engagement

  • PURPOSES OF HOMEWORK

  • PURPOSES OF HOMEWORK ∕ Review, practice skills

    ∕ Preparation for next class

    ∕ Individual assessment

    ∕ Opportunity to involve family in schoolwork

    ∕ Extension of classwork

  • ELEMENTS OF EFFECTIVE HOMEWORK ∕ Clear directions

    ∕ Allows for student choice and voice

    ∕ Differentiated

    ∕ Authentic

    ∕ Connects to “big idea”

  • SAMPLE HOMEWORK

    Use the cover sheet to rate the sample assignments

  • ONE SCHOOL’S STORY - HOMEWORK DATA

  • SHIFTING THE CONVERSATION

    from one exclusively about quantity and achievement to one that included quality and engagement.

  • ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

  • HOW MIGHT WE... Use research and experience to find practical and effective solutions to make homework assignments more effective,

    meaningful, and relevant?

  • Strategies Challenge Success Speakers

    Shadow Days & Student Focus Groups

    Additional In-House Data Collection

    Homework Experiments ● cover sheets ● no homework ● optional homework ● ungraded homework ● in-class homework ● differentiated homework

  • Initial Results

  • Additional Take-Aways

  • WHAT EDUCATORS CAN DO ∕ Aim for the “just-right” challenge

    ∕ Show clear purpose/meaning

    ∕ Offer students voice and choice

    ∕ Use homework for out of class tasks

    ∕ Monitor timing

    ∕ Check grading policies

    ∕ Educate parents about appropriate roles

  • LESSONS FROM CS SCHOOLS ∕ Homework surveys

    ∕ Modify the schedule

    ∕ Test/project calendars or assigned days

    ∕ HW packets and flex time

    ∕ HW passes and other student “choice” options

    ∕ No homework on weekends/vacations

    ∕ Late policies, zero policies, no homework grades

  • LEARN MORE WEBSITE www.challengesuccess.org

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    TWITTER www.twitter.com/chalsuccess

  • YOUR HOMEWORK 1. What I like best about my homework

    assignments

    2. An actionable commitment I would like to make...