Homework, by definition it is work that is to be completed outside of the school day. Usually it is to be brought in the following day and too often it is assigned uniformly to all.
As a student, I didn't mind homework and thought of it as a necessary part of my education, seldom questioning the purpose or quality of it. Perhaps as an honors student my whole educational career, it was assumed and completed and never shared with my peers.
As a parent, it is a hinderance considering that it takes up too much of my 10-year-old son's life and is often meaningless and a waste of time. When the weather gets nicer in particular, I'd rather him play outside and spend time being a kid after a full day of school.
As a teacher, it has undergone reconstructive surgery more than once. At the start of my career, it was required department wide. Nightly, numbered assignments (even if I had nothing meaningful for them to do). I did what I was told, much like in my own time as a student. Progressing deeper into my career, I've had a waning interest and now almost hatred of the practice of giving graded nightly homework.
There is a lot of research out there that supports its negligible purpose and positive support of achievement; yet, many are tied to the belief that students must have it to be successful.
Parents are a large part of this challenge as many think that for a class to be rigorous, homework must be given.
But it's time to rebrand our concept of "homework" - we need to give it a facelift and use it appropriately.
Here are things to consider about general homework practices:
Consider your current homework practices and ask yourself the above questions. Do you need to change your practices? How do you know students are benefiting from the experience? Talk to students and see what they are getting out of the work they are doing. You can also offer an anonymous survey where you gather data about their homework practices to adjust as needed.
As we consider what education needs to look like, we must think about homework differently. How will you rebrand it or repurpose it in your classes? What will the impact be? Please share