Homework has long been a hot topic of debate between teachers and parents. Some see it as an essential part of education, whilst others see it as pointless. Researchers recommend that you should not set homework unless it is meaningful, beneficial and as a teacher you are going to mark it and give constructive feedback.
There is definitely a good balance to be struck here, with homework being mutually beneficial for students and teachers.
Finding the balance
A study by Duke University found a positive correlation between the number of hours of homework completed per night, and improved performance in standardised tests and exams.
Over the years the educational climate has changed, with the volume of information that students need to retain in order to achieve their grades rising considerably. With this in mind, we have to consider that some additional learning and revision outside of school hours is essential.
Although homework is still arguably a very important part education, particularly for those in KS3 upwards, it doesn’t have to be every day and it certainly doesn’t have to be a chore. Instead, teachers should focus on providing students with homework that is relevant to their studies and achievable.
Flipped learning is something that can be particularly beneficial. This allows students to access the information and materials at home, at their own pace. It is often used for more basic learning tasks such as learning grammar and spelling, particularly in younger students. It allows teachers to focus on the more complex skills during class time.
There are a huge range of homework packs available that offer a range of activities for children to complete at home over a period of time. The activities in these packs add variety to homework that can often be very dull and unappealing.