Aaah… Homework! That perennial topic of debate for teachers, students and parents.
A couple of years ago I read an article from Fires in the Mind that proposed homework should take the form of deliberate practice. I encourage you to have a read of the article – it has some very valuable content. You’ll note that I left a response to the article which positions me quite clearly. 🙂
I see homework as an extension of my evaluation of the students’ knowledge acquisition. The classroom is a supportive learning environment. It will be a place where students can seek immediate answers and encouragement in their learning. Home is likely to be different. And homework allows me to put the students in a place where they need to think more independently; to consolidate their learning. Yes, they might struggle. But, in some ways, that’s what I want to see.