Jessica's Mini-Course

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Homework Practices


This course will take a deeper look at homework practices. Learners will explore research and data on the effectiveness of homework, and also, they will look at some relational evidence of what the effects of homework look like "in real life." In other words, the learners will conduct a case study on a student they actually know in grades K-12 to observe the more tangible postive and negative consequences of homework.

This course allows learners to reflect on homework practices, and decide on a policy for their own students. The main goal is for learners to take a position on homework with research to validate and support their claims and policies.


Lesson One: Research on Homework

What does the research say about homework?

Objective: Learners will analyze and discuss homework practices.

Task One: Read Chapters 2 and 3 of The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing.

Task Two: Analyze the research and present your perspective on homework based on references from the text in a written reaction.

Task Three: Share your written reaction with your small group. Discuss your standpoints by responding to every member, using at least one reference to the text in every response.

Lesson Two

How does homework affect students? Homework Case Studies

Objective: Learners will review case studies and conduct their own case study on a subject to collect evidence on the effects on homework.

Task One: Read the case studies and fact sheet.

Task Two: Watch the Ted Talk by Sir Ken Robinson called, "Changing Education Paradigms."

Task Three: Design a case study on a student whose homework load, homework completion, and homework effects you can closely follow for a week. Collect data and testimony to use in a write-up on your findings. Discuss your observations and interpretation in the write-up.

Lesson Three

What will my homework policy be? Homework Policy

Objective: Learners will design and justify a homework policy for their own educational courses.

Task One: Read and make note of the helpful suggestions given by principals and schools of education for writing a homework policy.

Task Two: Begin to write your homework policy. Ask two other professionals (principals, teachers, parents of school-age students, etc.) for suggestions.

Task Three: Complete and submit your homework policy via email.