Homework Done Right
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Homework Done Right
Powerful Learning in Real-Life Situations



© 2010 | 216 pages | Corwin

"Homework Done Right takes a fresh look at how to create homework assignments that students will be motivated to complete, not based on the grade alone, but on the real-life applications of the assignments. I have already begun tweaking existing assignments to make them more intellectually rewarding for my students!"
—Jessica Purcell, Science Teacher
South Fargo High School, Fargo, ND

"This book shows readers exactly why meaningful homework is best for students and provides teachers with answers to those perennial student questions: 'Why do we need to know that?' and 'When am I ever going to use this?'"
—Tim Tharrington, Sixth-Grade English teacher
Wakefield Middle School, Raleigh, NC

Turn homework into a meaningful learning experience that excites students!

Homework Done Right shows teachers how homework assignments can connect with the curriculum and with students' lives. Educators will learn how to design and implement active, creative assignments that promote 21st-century skills such as inquiry, problem solving, and critical thinking. Moving beyond the current "homework debate," this resource provides:

  • Effective homework strategies and sample assignments for all K–12 levels and numerous subject areas
  • Richly detailed vignettes describing how real teachers have changed their homework practices—including do's and don'ts
  • Insights on how to use homework to promote parent involvement
  • Guidance on helping students develop leadership and collaboration skills through activities such as questioning, evidence gathering, and interviewing
  • Classroom-ready tools, including homework planning forms and other reproducibles

When homework assignments are challenging and relevant, students have a new opportunity to engage with learning and to succeed academically!

 
List of Tables and Figures
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Introduction: What Is so Important About Homework?
 
Part I. Realize the Purpose
 
2. What Is the Rationale for Homework?
 
3. What Do the Experts Say about Homework?
 
4. How Does Changing Homework Impact Your Practice?
 
Part II. Assemble the Plan
 
5. How Can You Design Meaningful Homework?
 
6. How Can You Put Meaningful Homework into Action?
 
Part III. Examine the Possibilities
 
7. How Can Meaningful Homework Look in the Early Elementary Grades?
 
8. How Can Meaningful Homework Look in the Upper Elementary Grades?
 
9. How Can Meaningful Homework Look in Middle School?
 
10. How Can Meaningful Homework Look in High School?
 
11. Still Not Convinced?
 
Appendix A
 
Appendix B
 
Appendix C
 
Appendix D
 
Appendix E
 
A Guide to Your Professional Learning
 
References
 
Index

"Homework Done Right takes a fresh look at how to create homework assignments that students will be motivated to complete, not based on the grade alone, but on the real-life applications of the assignments. I have already begun using the information presented in this text to tweak existing assignments to make them more intellectually rewarding for my students!"

Jessica Purcell, Science Teacher
South Fargo High School, Fargo, ND

“The topic of homework is an important discussion for educators to be having in this age of increased competition and higher standards. What is the best way to extend learning for students of all ages? This book, based on a set of beliefs about teaching and learning, manages to address this topic in a well-considered and carefully researched format that will be useful to educators who are looking to improve their results with students.”

Mary Johnstone, Principal
Rabbit Creek Schools, Anchorage, AK

"The book caused me to reevaluate my own homework assignments in a new light and begin to think about what I can do to get my own homework 'done right'!"

Sally Koczan, Science Teacher
Wydown Middle School, Clayton, MO

"Just like their students, modern teachers want to know how what they learn is going to help them. Homework Done Right shows readers exactly why meaningful homework is best for students and provides teachers with answers to those perennial student questions: ‘Why do we need to know that?’ and ‘When am I ever going to use this?’”

Tim Tharrington, Sixth-Grade English teacher
Wakefield Middle School, Raleigh, NC

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Part I: Realize the Purpose


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