I thought this book raised some important if not new questions about educational practice and priorities. I know a lot of students struggle through too much homework, while others refuse to do it because it’s more repetition of skills they already have. Ask teachers who are reluctant to rethink their long-standing reliance on traditional homework to see what happens if, during a given week or curriculum unit, they tried assigning none. They need principals who question the slogans that pass for arguments: I just wish that there were more concrete recommendations.
Such parents seem to reason that as long as their kids have lots of stuff to do every night, never mind what it is, then learning must be taking place. Daily Commemoration for February This could have been a long article in an education journal. This book definitely gave me a lot of ideas and processes to use in the future when I get a classroom of my own! What are its other effects on their lives, and on their families? Make sure you know what the research really says — that there is no reason to believe that children would be at any disadvantage in terms of their academic learning or life skills if they had much less homework, or even none at all. Alfie Kohn Rethinking Teaching.
Nov 08, Jessyca rated it liked it. After reading about this new homework paradigm, teachers can design quality homework tasks that deemphasize grading and improve learning and completion rates.
It had some valid ideas, but there was a lot of judgement: And teachers who have long harbored doubts about the value of homework feel pressured by those parents who mistakenly believe that a lack of afterschool assignments reflects an insufficient commitment to academic achievement.
I have read works by Alfie Kohn and this book was not nearly as good. Many adults simply assume that homework is useful for promoting learning without even inquiring into the hmework of the learners themselves! Veteran teacher, trainer, professor, consultant, and author Cathy Vatterott distills her years of experience with all kinds of schools into a balanced approach that ensures homework leads to more opportunities for learning and teaching At last, a book that forever solves the debate over whether homework is an essential component of rigorous schooling or a harmful practice.
Are certain kinds better than others?
More homework is being piled on children despite the absence of its value. Schools should take a look at this homework bill of rights and then have a discussion about their own philosophy of homework: The negative effects of homework are well known.
Alfie Kohn: Rethinking Homework – Gazette
This article may be downloaded, reproduced, and distributed without permission as long as each copy includes this notice along with citation information i. RESOURCES We are awash in articles and books that claim homework is beneficial — or simply rethiniing the existence or value of homework for granted and merely offer suggestions for how it ought to be assigned, or what techniques parents should use to make children complete it.
Here are kobn resources that question the conventional assumptions about the subject in an effort to stimulate meaningful thinking and conversation. I’d recommend it to any teacher willing to examine themselves or willing to listen even just a short while.
It becomes even more curious, for that matter, in light of three other facts: Quick read that gives practical strategies for changing traditional beliefs about homework and how to more effectively and equitably assign and evaluate student work. Books by Cathy Vatterott.
They need principals who question the slogans that pass for arguments: Peer feedback was not a new idea, or the idea that homework and first attempts are practice and ungraded to encourage a culture where it’s safe to learn and make mistakes. Homeworo, the author does not pick a firm side, seeming at first to say we need to get rid of homework but toward the end seeming to only call for a revision to what we assign. Here are some resources that question the conventional assumptions about the subject in an effort to stimulate meaningful thinking and conversation.
Kohn lives actually in the Boston area with his wife and two children, and virtually at www. Apr 28, Lindsay rated it it was amazing.
All together this work provided a much needed analysis and reflection of my own beliefs towards homework. Most of what I read seemed to be common sense but school’s aren’t doing them. Ask teachers who are reluctant to homewofk their long-standing reliance on traditional homework to see what happens if, during a given week or curriculum unit, they tried assigning none.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Suggest that teachers assign only what they design.
Jul 23, Josh Luukkonen rated it really liked it. I’m glad I read this book; it gave me some insight into my own instructional practices and has pushed me to rethink my own teaching policies.
I felt like this work just brushed the surface. Make sure you know what the research really says — that there is no reason to believe that children would be at any disadvantage in terms of their academic learning or life skills if they had much less homework, or even none at all. Lots of practical ideas are given erthinking help teachers structure the homework they assign to align with learning goals. Jan 02, Amanda rated it it was ok.
Chapter one said that assigning homework is bad because it assumes that the parents are incapable of providing good educational lessons at home, but later in the book it says that teachers can’t assume parents can provide ANY support at all as far as homework is concerned.