Homework is used as a resource to reinforce and integrate into students' minds what the teacher(s) taught in class. The motive behind homework is to make students better understand the subject of what they learned, but is that certain motive always significant? Yes, homework helps with refreshing your memory on what you learned in class so you can be prepared for the tests, quizzes and sometimes life, but is homework actually worth it?
Completing a homework assignment may be beneficial to a student's future more than some may realize. When students get older and are told to do certain tasks for their job(s), it will be their responsibility to complete said tasks. HW, in a way, trains them to know that if they're designated a certain task, it must be completed or trouble will follow.
2. Being Prepared for Tests and Quizzes
Most assignments help students with preparation for future tests and quizzes. Some teachers even take the same or similar questions you see on homework assignments and use them for future tests/quizzes.
3. Teachers Can See Progress of Student
If a student isn't doing well on their homework, the teacher will notice and reach out to help them if they see fit.
Some teachers give an abundance of homework knowing damn well that their class isn't the only class students have to worry about. This leads to stress, lack of sleep and frustration - a bad combo.
2. Less Time To Socialize
If you have a pile of responsibilities to complete, how can you find the time to socialize with others? Being swamped with too much homework and no time to do anything else could resort to complications later on in life.
3. Less Family Time
In a newspaper article I read a few weeks ago, parents were complaining about how much homework their kids have to endure which cuts back on their family time. Family time is very crucial and should always be valued. No one should be getting so much homework that they can't spend time with their loved ones.
It’s been said that Roberto Nevilis, a schoolteacher from Italy, is the inventor of homework. According to some websites, he used homework as a method for punishment. If this is true, the same tactics are still used today. When students talk too much or misbehave in class, teachers threaten to give more homework. Though they may think this a good method, it’s not. This encourages their students to go online and look up the answers if they feel like their workload is too much to bear. Educational assignments should never be used as a form of punishment – it should only be used to instruct students and further their knowledge. In my opinion, homework is a good thing BUT to a certain extent. Teachers shouldn't over assign work knowing that too many assignments can lead to students being overwhelmed. To all students: good luck with school in September!
To all: have a great week.
Are you Team Homework or Team No Homework?
It’s a divisive question. Homework has been the subject of debate since the invention of school (probably).
On one side, homework is seen as an added stress that does more harm than good; on the other, homework is seen as important and necessary.
So who’s right and who’s wrong? Well, that’s hard to say. Here are both sides of the argument.
Take a look – what do you think? Add your comment below!
Homework reinforces students’ learningThink of it as a reflection on learning – homework gives students the chance to strengthen what they learned during the day, or what they’re learning about throughout the term.
Practice makes perfectWant to get better at something? Practise it. It’s true of just about everything.
Purposeful homework encourages your students to practise, rehearse and perfect the concepts and skills you teach them every day.
Homework gives parents an insight into their children's learningIt’s a chance for parents to connect with their children and see what they’re doing each day.
This is probably the biggest case for homework. In many cases, it’s the parents who want homework – to see their child’s learning being extended and pushed outside the classroom.
It’s ‘character building’Students are not just completing tasks when they do homework, no sir.
They’re also learning to be independent and self-disciplined, and are developing time management and research skills.
Now we're talking...!
Children need playEinstein (apparently) said it best: “Play is the highest form of research.”
There’s a good amount of evidence backing him up, too. Research suggests that play can have a massive impact on a child’s academic achievement, not to mention their character development, safety, and overall health.
Check out our blog on creating a play-friendly classroom.
Not all students’ home lives were created equalNo surprises here!
Your students aren’t on a level playing field when it comes to their lives outside your classroom: some children have parents who can support them with their homework, some children don’t.
This is a biggie. So much so, in fact, that former French president Francois Holland proposed a ‘no homework’ policy in his plans for education reform in 2012.
Students are already at school at least six hours a dayThat’s practically a full-time job, especially when you factor in all the added extra-curricular things your students get up to. They’re busy bees!
Now put yourself in their shoes and imagine you’ve been given more work to do when you get home. That’s rough! (Imagine? You say. You know I’m a teacher, right? Yes, yes we do. And we applaud you.)
It doesn’t increase engagement…… or any kind of improvement in academic performance, actually.
Worldwide, homework isn’t associated with high national levels of academic achievement. In fact, in many cases, it only contributes to students developing negative attitudes toward school in general. (Sad face.)