Homework, Is It Really Effective?

by Emule on October 28, 2016 - 6:57pm

“Increasing the Effectiveness of Homework for All Learners in the Inclusive Classroom” is an article written in 2013 about different methods that teachers can use to increase how well homework actually helps the pupil. Doing things such as giving the student a choice in his/her homework and maintaining that homework at a moderate difficulty level keeps students somewhere between bored and frustrated. This provides a happy student and also good test grades. As well as homework, the teacher should also provide in class teaching. Meaning, the homework should be handed out and explained thoroughly at the beginning of class so any questions can be answered. Teachers should also work together closely when giving out assignments so that one student isn’t overwhelmed between all of his/her classes. Teachers must also encourage students to set goals and strive to achieve them. The more teachers and students do these things, the more homework effectiveness increases (Schrat Carr, N., 2013).

 

Various research experiments were used in the article to prove the research above is valid. I chose this article, because I believe growing up and having so much homework to do every night where you barely get to sit down with your family is absurd. I think that doing the things list above with help create not only just effective homework but also an effective student. It also allows the child more moral support by allowing him/her time with her family more, not just holed up in a room without anybody. When I was in grade school I remember always being in my room being forced to do homework that never really helped me learn anything anyways. I always would end up going to the teacher the next day begging for help with my 6/10 blank questions. What is the point of homework if the work is so hard you just stare at it for 2 hours trying to figure it out and getting nowhere? Teachers need to realize that sometimes their methods do not work with the material that they are trying to teach and maybe there is a more efficient way to teach it that might take less time as well.

 

 

Schrat Carr, N. (n.d.). Increasing the Effectiveness of Homework for All Learners in the Inclusive Classroom. Retrieved September 30, 2016, from http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/EJ1004337.pdf

Comments

Your topic really caught my eye. Homework is such an on going problem with all different age groups of students. I personally believe the only homework that should be given is one that is a study guide for a upcoming quiz or test. The problem with a topic of should homework be given out or not is always under discussion, how might you promote that homework should not be given?

I agree with you completely. I have never believed in homework. If you are being taught something in school then you need to work on it there not bring it home. Especially since most families are busy. This means kids are staying up later than they should to get this homework done and that makes them more tired and harder for them to concentrate when in school. I also agree that the only thing for homework that kids or adults in college should have is something that helps them study for a test or a quiz.

I agree having two hours of homework a night is absurd but I do feel some is needed. For some children work comes easy, for others not so much. I feel that a review homework to go along with the daily lessons given in school is a good idea. This way the teacher can see who is getting the information and who is not. That way if needed she can review the information in school again. Also I feel having some reading books of choice at reading level and some spelling words are important also, but not 25 words every week. The spelling words could also go along with the material the class is working on for the week. Putting the material out there for the students in various ways to reach all types of learners is a must. Great essay and topic.

Hi Emule!

This post caught my attention because the school system and homework in general, is something that has always bothered me. Yes, I think it is important to have homework as it challenges the mind and teaches children time management skills and improves cognitive abilities- however I think this should be done in moderation. I remember in grade 8 I would come home with homework that would take me all night to accomplish and I always felt obligated to finish it all because my teacher pressured us by saying we need to do it to prepare for high school and the rest of our lives. I am currently in third year university and I was given an essay deadline on Canadian Thanksgiving. Of course with homework and assignments in other classes, I was forced to work on my essay all Thanksgiving weekend. I like your argument of giving students choice on what they want to work on and I think the flexibility would help to relieve a lot of stresses that many students have. I think the school system sometimes overlooks the impact it may have on a student spending time with family, which is truly important.

I was in a class a few weeks ago and we watched a documentary called "Man: A course of Study". It was an idea theoriest by psychologist Jerome Bruner, who attempted to revamp the school system. He turned his elementary students into field researchers and they would watch films about an Inuit tribe and have to draw conclusions about what they viewed. The class also have visual aids and games to drive home the points. The goal was to learn skills that you cannot get sitting in a classroom and listening to a teacher lecture; it was interactive and forced students to think about what they were learning. Unfortunately, this learning program had a lot of negative feedback and many parents were not pleased with how it made their children question life- in terms of their beliefs and values. Anyhow, I thought this was interesting and it gives perspective on another take on how the education system can be reconsidered and maybe even improved.

Here is a blurb on the documentary I presented above: http://sk.sagepub.com/reference/curriculumstudies/n301.xml

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