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ERIC Number: EJ1132301
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
One-Size-Doesn't-Fit-All Homework
Vatterott, Cathy
Educational Leadership, v74 n6 p34-39 Mar 2017
At one elementary school in Massachusetts, students are actually excited about homework. In this article, Cathy Vatterott and educators from Vinal Elementary School explain how--and why--they have made the shift to individualized homework, "a methodical, standards-based approach that starts with big ideas and enduring understandings from the curriculum." Instead of assigning the same work to every student, teachers use individualized homework to allow for more student agency and a tailored approach to skills practice. The article outlines how students set measurable goals, choose assignments, pursue interests, present their learning, and reflect on their progress. The authors also detail how they address parental concerns and students' needs as they move away from one-size-fits-all homework. [The following educators from Vinal Elementary School contributed to this article: principal Patrick Lenz and teachers Debra Coggeshall, Robin Thibodeau, Gretchen Abbott, Kelli Meade, and Tracy Simmons.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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