Lesson 2: Types of Homework Assignments

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Unit 1 Lesson 2: Types of Homework Assignments>

Objective: Participants will be able to analyze multiple homework structures that are applicable in elementary school classrooms.


“Homework assignments typically have one or more purposes. The most common purpose is to have students practice material already presented in class. Practice homework is meant to reinforce learning and help the student master specific skills. Preparation homework introduces material that will be presented in future lessons. These assignments aim to help students learn new material better when it is covered in class. Extension homework asks students to apply skills they already have to new situations. Integration homework requires the student to apply many different skills to a single task, such as book reports, science projects or creative writing." (U.S. Department of Education, 2003).


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2. Read: A Comparison of Traditional Homework to Computer-Supported Homework

The reading evaluates the concept of 'traditional' homework with digital homework. Traditional homework is the assignments that are paper and pencil, much like the kind we experienced as students. With the integration of technology into schools and homes, homework assignments have the opportunity to be more engaging.


Do you think that all students should receive the same homework assignments? How do you determine which homework design is appropriate? Respond to 2 or more peers on the discussion thread.

4. Reflection:

Reflect on the following questions in a notebook or journal. You will continue to reflect on concepts throughout the course, so keep the notebook on hand!

  • Think about your current homework assignments, are they considered traditional or alternative?
  • Do your assignments work to promote student thinking and family involvement in learning?

5. Extra Resources

https://www.bookwidgets.com/blog/2018/09/20-creative-alternative-homework-ideas-for-teachers https://sharedteaching.com/alternatives-to-homework/


Mendicino, Michael & Razzaq, Leena & Heffernan, Neil. (2009). A Comparison of Traditional Homework to Computer-Supported Homework. Journal of Research on Technology in Education. 331. 331-358. 10.1080/15391523.2009.10782534.

U.S. Department of Education. (2003, May). Homework Tips for Parents. https://www2.ed.gov/parents/academic/involve/homework/homeworktips.pdf

Lesson 3: Grading and Late Homework

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