Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Topic: Homework

Question: What are the purposes for homework?

10-second review: Four purposes for homework are fluency, application, review and extension.

Title: “Homework and the Gradual Release of Responsibility: Making ‘Responsibility’ Possible.” D Fisher and N. Frey. English Journal (November 2008), 40-45. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: Fluency means to practice a skill. Application means to use a skill to solve a problem. Review is review. Extension means to explore the skill or topic, for example, on the Internet or in other publications.

Comment: Making the purpose clear for homework should change to some degree the negative attitude of the students. In all my years in school, no teacher ever told me why I was learning anything, let alone why I was being assigned homework. RayS.

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