Homework is an effective tool when used as a form of practice designed for application of knowledge. It’s important that the students are aware of the skills that they need to be able to possess before they go home and do it with homework. Many parents might not be available, or might not know how to actually help them with the concept, or may do it differently. So it’s important that teachers know that the students understand the concept before they send them home with the practice.
When students receive homework it needs to be meaningful. It’s important to make sure that if it’s about practice it’s something that they can practice properly and not keep practicing their mistakes. Homework for young children should be assigned for the purpose of developing study habits and also for the purpose of involving parents. For both elementary and secondary students, practice helps answer the question, “How will this knowledge be applied?” Without practice, little long-term learning occurs.
To learn more about this topic, watch the following PD 360 video segment (Increasing Value in Homework and Practice). Use your PD 360 login and password to access the segment. If you do not have a login, you can follow the same link for access.