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Homework as Deliberate Practice

Page history last edited by Angela Cunningham 9 years, 7 months ago



Deliberate practice leads to new learning and skills


Homework must have an express purpose....but kids say that they don't know the point of the homework


    • Don't give everyone the same homework because all students learn at different paces & in different ways
      • If homework is too easy...it is busywork.  If it is too difficult, then students get left behind...they remember their misunderstandings as truths.
      • How might you design homework in order to meet each student's needs?
      • Give more choices in homework - different point values...must add up to a determined value 
    • Students want to know why they are doing an assignment...write it at the top of the page 
    • Be sure that your purpose is respectful - not just because your administrator says so, to be able to enter more grades into the gradebook, appease parents
    • Students say that they can often do their homework without thinking - it is just repetition - leads to copying
    • How can you keep your homework from being busywork? - Does it help to share the work's purpose with your students?
    • What are you asking your students to practice again & again?  Do those tasks require focus & increase understanding? 
    • Students say that they don't have enough time for homework
    • How could we help students better allocate their time? - To we have the right to dictate how students spend their time after school? Is giving the student who doesn't finish his homework on time simply giving him a ticket out?
    • Students say that they don't use their homework for anything. Respect their time - use the skills & information again in class.  Make it part of the bigger picture of what they are learning...a piece of the puzzle
    • Expert Habits of Mind
    • Ask good ?s
    • Rely on Evidence
    • Look for patterns
    • Break down problems
    • And more
    • Expert Habits of Work
    • Collaboration
    • Welcoming Critique
    • Revising
    • Persistance
    • Seeking new challenges
    • Understanding your own best work styles
    • The 4 Rs of Homework as Practice
    • Ready themselves for new learning
    • Recall & Repeat their knowledge and skills in different contexts
    • Review material that they have learned earlier
    • Revise their work repeatedly 


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