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Magazine Issue 51: Homework
September 2014

This month: Thoughts about Homework

Article: Homework
New Resources
Additional Resources
Transition Time: Previous Resources

This Month's Article:

Homework

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Homework A short Article summarising the principles and practices of homework.

I like a teacher who gives you something to take home to think about besides homework.
Lily Tomlin

This is a Free Sample Resource

Categories: Article, Learning Styles, Any Subject, All Ages

Tags: Homework
Does Homework work?
Love it or hate it (pupil or teacher) evidence favours extending classroom learning past the end of the school day. Cooper (1999), Hattie (2008) the EEF (2014) and others have found a positive impact on achievement. Impact may vary by age being greatest for secondary/high school students and less for primary. However younger children benefit in other ways not least developing a habit of study.

Types of Homework
Different forms of homework can serve different purposes. Common themes include practice, preparation, exploration, and completion.

Practice: Doing more of the same to consolidate learning
Preparation: Finding out, generating questions or gathering resources ready for the lesson
Exploration: Investigating the lesson's theme further
Completion: Finishing tasks that are not completed during the lesson

Research about the impact of homework suggests younger children should do less per night and older children more. Figures vary widely but typically 10-30 minutes for primary age and 1 to 3 hours at secondary.

Setting Homework
Three principles can guide the setting of homework. Out of school tasks need to be:

Purposeful
Relevant
Manageable

In the same way that a lesson objective ensures a purposeful lesson, homework objectives do the same for homework. It can help to clearly define what type of homework it is and why it's being set. This, in turn, ensures that the task will be relevant and aligned with the school work that it supports.

Making homework manageable is key. Students need to be able to achieve and teachers able to assess. It's all too easy for the homework task to become an add-on with less status that a class-based piece that is formally assessed. If homework is integral to the learning process then there's less chance of that happening.

This month's Thinking Tool, Powerpoint and Think Sheet provide ideas and support for creating meaningful homework tasks.

New Resources:

Homework Designer

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Homework Designer A Thinking Skills Tool for involving pupils in the design of homework tasks.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Collaborative Thinking, Learning Styles, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Homework
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Homework Designer Powerpoint

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Homework Designer Powerpoint A Thinking Tool Template in Powerpoint for quickly introducing Homework Designer to pupils.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Collaborative Thinking, Learning Styles, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Homework
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Skills Think Sheet - Homework

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Skills Think Sheet - Homework A Think Sheet prompting creative thinking about homework.

Categories: Think Sheet, Learning Styles, Any Subject, Secondary

Tags: Homework
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Additional Resources:

Thinking Classroom Archive:

QCI Thinking

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QCI Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool offering a simple 3-stage prompt for reflecting on learning that's just happened and linking it to next experiences.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Thinking Frames, Assessment, Any Subject, Junior, Secondary

Tags: Assessment Plenary Questioning
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Websites:

Unfortunately the site we recommended is not currently available. 

Transition Time:

Creative thinking about transition and a well-known game just right for induction week.

PSHE Think Sheet - Transition

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PSHE Think Sheet - Transition A Think Sheet of Thinking Classroom ideas applied to transition.

Categories: Think Sheet, Thinking Skills, Transition, Junior, Secondary, PSHE

Tags: Transition
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Bingo Thinking

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Bingo Thinking A Thinking Skills Tool and game for helping pupils get to know each other at the beginning of the year or when starting a new school.

Categories: Thinking Tool, Collaborative Thinking

Tags: Transition
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Next month we think about... the Mathematics Shed and Genius Hour!