Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the –which is what makes the following chart from Kathleen Cushman’s Fires in the Mind compelling.
Rather than simply a list of alternatives to homework, it instead contextualizes the need for work at home (or, “homework”). It does this by taking typical classroom situations–the introduction of new material, demonstrating a procedure, etc.), and offering alternatives to traditional homework assignments. In fact, most of them are alternatives to homework altogether, including group brainstorming, modeling/think-alouds, or even the iconic pop-quiz.
Food for thought, yes?