Comments on: Homework: Brilliant or Insane? http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/06/homework-brilliant-or-insane.html Education on the Edge Thu, 23 May 2019 03:52:49 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 By: Jen Marten http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/06/homework-brilliant-or-insane.html#comment-2136 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:32:50 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=3549#comment-2136 I guess I’m just thinking of homework as work you do at home. Yes, the rote stuff is definitely insane. As are big projects when we know parents do 90% of the work. Purpose should trump tradition.
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By: Mark Barnes http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/06/homework-brilliant-or-insane.html#comment-2135 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:31:53 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=3549#comment-2135 Hey Jen, I’m not sure you’re saying “both.” You seem to be saying that homework is insane. While you may favor out of class work that is engaging and has a “greater purpose,” you certainly don’t want traditional, rote memory homework, which is definitely insane. Thanks for weighing in on the ongoing homework debate.
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By: Jen Marten http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/06/homework-brilliant-or-insane.html#comment-2132 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:59:44 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=3549#comment-2132 Can I say both? Homework for the sake of homework is useless (and I will admit to having assigned it that way). When DD has 50 algebra problems that are all the same? Seriously, you can tell whether she understands it in five. With 50, if she doesn’t get it she has just practiced the wrong thing over and over! Now, try to teach her the right way.

Nightly reading? I love the idea of encouraging kids to read. Reading logs? That makes liars out of poor readers and annoys good readers. IMHO

For homework to be meaningful, it has to have a greater purpose than just a grade. I think of the things my kids have been excited about doing, and they all feed into bigger projects with bigger audiences. It has to add value to the learning.
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