Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

by TeachThought Staff

Homework can be useful to help students learning, but isn’t always the best strategy. Here are 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.

So, similar to our alternatives to asking students ‘what’d you do in school today?,’ here are some possible alternatives to homework to help you–and your students–in the classroom this year.

Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers