I’ve written before about my belief that homework is far more destructive than constructive. I don’t think it increases learning, adds to motivation or develops a strong work ethic. For a long time, I assigned homework out of a sense that I was “supposed to.” I never questioned it as a practice. After getting rid of it, I remained quiet on the topic. After watching my sons lose necessary playtime and learning time to do extra-duty schoolwork (mostly packets), I grew more vocal.
I want to see a change.
So, here’s how it works:
- The concept: If you typically give homework, take one week off of assigning homework and see whether it made a positive or negative impact. If you don’t give homework, you can still participate in
- Reflect on it: How did you respond to the lack of homework? How did your students respond? How did parents respond? After the week is up, will continue to go without homework or will you assign it regularly again? What were some of the pros and cons of this? How did students spend their free time?
- Communicate your results: You can tweet about it using #weekwithouthomework or you can comment on this Facebook page. You can blog about it and e-mail me the link (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave the blog link at the bottom of this post. If you plan to abolish homework completely, you can add your information to this spreadsheet.