In Over Your Head Net Homework

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Homework gives children the opportunity to learn to:

  • Work independently
  • Test their own understanding
  • Organise their work
  • Keep to deadlines.

Practising these skills in Years 7-9 will prepare them for GCSE coursework and Post 16 courses.

All students will have homework set on a regular basis. You will be informed of the structure early in Term 1. Your child will benefit from having a quiet area at home where they can do their homework which could also be used as an area to read for pleasure.

We use an online homework setting and monitoring system called ‘Show My Homework.’

Parents and students can access and view the homework set from a PC, tablet or smartphone via an App.

You will receive your login details once your child has registered in September.

For students who wish to work in the Learning Resource Centre, it is open at break and lunchtimes.

A room will be put aside twice a week at lunchtimes where Year 7 students will be able to receive help with their homework. This will be staffed by teachers and older students.

My sister is conducting her own personal rally against homework. I don’t blame her one bit. Most of my working-parent friends pick up their children after 5:30 p.m. By the time they get home and eat dinner, they may have one-and-a-half hours of quality time left with their child. Then the homework monster rears its head, which often consists of the parent helping to clear up incorrect concepts. My niece did her share of complaining about homework too. I thought the United States was making headway in educational practices, but from her comments, it seems that rote practice is normal. Are we still in 1900?

From some recent studies, there appears to be no substantial difference in class grades between students who completed homework and those who did not; however, there IS a positive correlation between grades on standardized tests and homework (eSchool News, December, 2012). Bingo! Current homework prepares students to take tests, but retention of learning seems to be suffering. Think back to the homework you remember from school. What made the learning impacts on you? It was probably homework from which you were creating your knowledge, not inanely repeating and practicing. That Scandinavian project from 8th grade, the mountain stratification model … these gave me knowledge and excitement about learning that lasted a lifetime.

What all this tells me is that homework involving critical thinking and student-constructed learning is the key here. This comes as no surprise to most educators. Bloom’s taxonomy has been around for a long time. The easy answer is project-based and application-based homework, but six classes of that gets very deep. Cross-curricular projects help solve that, and involve multiple teachers in planning work that matters (see Schlechty). Flipping the classroom is another interesting answer that is becoming popular – students learn new material from teacher-created content in the evenings, and do “homework” like activities in class. This limits the time spent on homework and ensures that the teacher, instead of the parent, is there to correct errors and misconceptions during application.

Online education and blended classrooms straddle these models – the student learns from pre-created materials, the teacher is there to help adjust the student’s understanding, and “homework” is non-existent. The student’s learning takes place in the online course that is appropriately designed to take him or her through the knowledge creation.

I think educators and parents have a duty to rally against homework as it is often practiced in schools. Let’s share studies and new methods with our teachers to help inform them of the options that make homework, and learning, truly meaningful to our students.

Jennifer Whiting, Chief Technology Innovation Officer, joined FLVS in 1997. Her chemistry course was the first offered by FLVS. Over the years, she has assumed many roles including Instructional Design Specialist, Project Manager of large instructional technology projects, Director of Information Systems, Chief Academic Officer, and Director of Customer Experience. She is committed to keeping FLVS on the cutting edge of technology and effective pedagogy. View all posts by Jennifer Whiting →

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