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HOMEWORK (Compiled by Margaret Carr, Educational Consultant, for the LDAT Conference, November, 1999) SUCCESSFUL HOMEWORK STRATEGIES FOR TEACHERS Teachers play a vital role in the selection, assignment, and use of homework. Research indicates that where homework assignments are meaningful and relevant , student achievement increases. Teachers will maximize the effectiveness of homework if they will: Communicate to parents in the first meeting or correspondence of the year appropriate areas in which parental involvement can help reinforce their children's learning rates, performance, and confidence. Include suggestions to parents on how to provide homework assistance. Compare the amount of time the students required to complete homework assignments with an anticipated completion time, and modify assignments as needed. Learn student feelings about homework assignments by having them circle smiling, frowning or neutral faces on the corner of homework papers to indicate their feelings too easy, too difficult, or just right. Then modify assignments as needed. Plan with other teachers at your school in terms of length and frequency of homework assignments, adoption of similar homework practices, such as a standard style for headings. Assign activities such as age-appropriate games (made in class) or other activities that will be fun. Assign activities which are relevant to the child outside of the classroom. Assign homework that enriches, reinforces, or supplements classroom instruction. Randomly reward homework completion "Everyone finished their assignments last week, so you may have five minutes extra recess today." Use a homework planner. Just as adults use calendars or other aids to schedule activities, students can benefit from structured notes. They can be taught to enter assignments, note due dates, and indicate completion. The planner can also be used to communicate with parents by asking parents to sign when homework is completed and to pass notes between school and home (and vice versa). Communicate with parents regarding the amount of homework you plan to assign, and approximate time required for completion. If there is a discrepancy between the child's performance and your expectations, treat this as diagnostic information. Suggest activities that parents can do with their children so enhance learning.
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This note was uploaded on 11/12/2010 for the course CSCI 271 taught by Professor Wilczynski during the Spring '08 term at USC.

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