There are many schools of thought on the effect of homework, some feel that it is absolutely pointless and only adds stress to the lives of our students. Is homework an absolute waste of time causing our youth to miss out on so many other opportunities? Students could be serving our community to improve our environment and nation. They could be doing other school activities such as sports or clubs. Also, many students work, so they don't have time to be doing homework.Another serious problem is it can cause students serious stress. Say a student has a fifty point assignment that he didn't understand. He can't ask the teacher for help at home, and now he has to simply guess on the whole assignment and risk failing. This student's parents can't help the student, because most parents didn't learn the things students learn today. This causes the student stress while he guesses on the assignment, and after it's graded and it drops the student down to a D or an F.
Some feel that homework is necessary since it is a way for the students to practice and gain further knowledge or a better understanding of the material that was delivered in class that day or week. Another reason that homework is important is that reading and literacy are directly tied to overall academic success and there is not enough time during the course of the school day to read often enough or deeply enough and so the reading needs to take place outside of the school day.
There are also those who have now chosen the "flipped classroom" approach, where the homework is now done in school and the learning of the material takes place at home.
No matter what your mindset is regarding homework and its place in the educational system today, we welcome you to join our conversation Sunday night at 8 PM to take a look at "Homework: To Be or Not To Be."
The term 21st Century Learner and 21st Century classroom has been used often lately, but what does it all really mean and how do we best develop the skills and learning opportunities that will allow our students to succeed in this global economy. Join us Sunday night at 8 PM on #edchatri as we focus on what a 21st century classroom looks like and how we can work together and learn from each other so that we can make it happen.
Teachers and schools need to make careful, intentional decisions as to which skills will be emphasized, taught and learned, and to what degree at what levels. I have stated elsewhere that I believe that there are five key skill sets that are important for students to learn in a 21st century world -- how to:
Ask questions, define problems and challenges;
Search for and process information and data;
Think deeply and flexibly;
Draw conclusions and apply learning; and
Schools with strong 21st century programs have defined their own key skill goals, such as the ability to develop concepts, inquire, conduct research, solve problems effectively, think critically and creatively, and communicate effectively. They make sure that students develop and grow critically identified skills over time, both within and across subjects.
Join us Sunday night at 8 PM for #edchatri as we discuss this topic which is vital to the success of our teachers, students and school as a whole.
Don Miller -