Did you ever decide you really wanted to know more about something and went after more knowledge? I have done this on more than a few occasions: before planting my garden, after an exercise class, when I realized I had no clue how to balance a checkbook (Ok, yes that was a long time ago), when I wondered why someone would favor a certain political candidate.... I could go on and on.
The point is, I knew I needed to know more so I sought it out. I actually did the homework because I felt its purpose, certainly not because I enjoy reading about politicians or doing math!
I came across the article linked below about homework some time last year and you are welcome to read it but here is the gist: some people think we should give more homework; some people think we should give less homework; some people think we should give no homework. There is a lot to say on it, BUT, maybe we just need to give it WELL.
It can be near to impossible to gauge how long homework will take each of our students, how much attention they will give it, and what they will retain. But what IS possible is to consider if that homework has real purpose for learning and if the students will understand that purpose. If they don't know the purpose, we can pretty much guarantee they won't learn from it right?
So, if homework's got you down, have a look at the article. Look at the checklist I created below. Send me an email or stop by to chat. Maybe it will give you some relief.
"The typical prescription offered by those overwhelmed with homework is to assign less of it—to subtract. But perhaps a more useful approach, for many classrooms, would be to create homework only when teachers and students believe it’s actually needed to further the learning that takes place in class—to start with nothing, and add as necessary."