Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning process–teaching strategies, writing pieces, etc.

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?

alternatives-to-homework  Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers 

  • Phillip Cowell


    It’s a great list, but it’s about alternatives to TRADITIONAL homework. “Alternatives to homework” is extremely misleading because that’s not what this list is at all!