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ERIC Number: EJ1043364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Making Homework More Meaningful
Wieman, Rob; Arbaugh, Fran
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v20 n3 p160-165 Oct 2014
Parents in the United States expect their students to have homework; and students, especially in middle school and high school, expect daily homework assignments from their teachers. However, it is difficult to create effective homework assignments. Despite the challenges involved, the authors believe that homework "can" be an important component of mathematics learning. In this article, the authors first describe two important ideas about homework. They hope that these ideas will help teachers begin to rethink the purposes of homework and support them in making effective choices about assigning homework. They then describe specific strategies for choosing, revising, or creating assignments that help students learn from homework. Over time, keeping these big ideas in mind and following some of these suggestions can help make homework more productive for teachers and students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A