Homework Purpose

What is the purpose of homework?

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3 Responses to Homework Purpose

  1. Sheri says:

    The purpose of homework, of course, _should_ be practice and mastery of a topic. My students use it as an easy grade. For the upcoming school year, I am going to try something new. The students will be given their homework assignment in class as usual. Instead of checking it at the start of class the next day, however, I will have posted the solutions online or emailed it to them the night before (with worked out solutions). If they have any questions about the process, they can come see me before school to get clarification. At the start of class, instead of spending 5-10 minutes discussing HW, we will spend 5 minutes taking a HW quiz, which will consist of (probably) 2 questions checking their understanding of the concepts covered on the HW. I will grade it with a 0, 1, or 2, the same scale that I currently use for HW, checking for understanding and process.

    While this means a bit more grading for me, it makes the students do their homework with more purpose than simply earning a grade.

    We’ll see if I’m still in favor of this system at the semester break…

  2. Karl Mason says:

    That’s a nice idea,nice gone another route using my maths.co.uk. At the start of each half term I set 10 pieces of online homework and the remit is that at least 6 are completed. There is no set order and I won’t go through them in class however there is a display board for anybody who achieved 100% on any task and these are the ‘experts’ the other kids can use.

  3. Jeff d. says:

    The purpose of homework is practice. In no way do I want homework to be reflected in the content grade. Therefore, all homework assignments are graded on Work Ethic only (a separate category from content that comprises 10% of the grade at my school).
    This is not to be confused with projects that learners are working on at home…that’s a different story. I’m talking more of the traditional assignments (an assignment to practice factoring, for example).

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