Betterteaching: Homework

My new policy - use the key findings in cognitive science to direct my homework, so the emphasis is on retrieval and distributed practice. In other words, homework as revision.

It is important for teachers to communicate with their students what their goals for a homework assignment are, and also for the students to give feedback to the teacher as to whether or not the assignment met those goals

My blogpost on why this is important Homework: Much ado about nothing?
Is Homework Helpful?    
How to Shift a School Towards Better Homework Link Blogpost from
The 5 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask Brian Sztabnik on Edutopia
Should I Stop Assigning Homework?
A teacher weighs up the pros and cons.
Courtesy of
Homework: how effective is it? Turns out it's very complex, but it's probably not nearly as beneficial as you think. From
Homework: What does the Hattie research actually say? Excellent post from headteacher Tom Sherrington. Both the post and the comments (including one from Hattie) emphasise the complexity of the issue and the importance of setting effective homework.
A related video link making the point that at secondary level the ideal is one and a half hours (per subject???) YouTube. 1 min
Homework should be limited to 60 minutes a night for best results Link From
What's The Deal With Homework? From Lots of useful comments
Important new study of homework Link Another critical look at the research, this time from
How to Create Effective Homework    
Website dedicated to Effective Homework Excellent site
How to Create Effective Homework Blogpost from Holley Korbey on Mind/Shift
How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile? Related post from Annie Murphy Paul also on Mind/Shift
Suggestions On How To Make Homework More Effective Link Blogpost from
8 Easy Homework Tips for All Parents Barbara Levy writing for thehuffingtonpost
"Autonomy when doing homework was shown to be the most important individual-level variable in both mathematics and science, and not effort and or time spent doing homework. The optimum duration of homework was found to be 1 hr a day." Link Paper abstract from the American Psychological Association
Lagging Homework Link The idea is to completely separate tonight's homework from today's class work. From
Homework doesn't work    
Homework: An unnecessary evil "There was no relationship whatsoever between time spent on homework and course grade, and “no substantive difference in grades between students who complete homework and those who do not.”"
Alfie Kohn in the
Do Students Really Need Practice Homework?
No, according to Alfie Kohn
From Chapter 6 of The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn
Homework: It fails our students and undermines American education Blogpost from Mark Barnes
Chemistry teacher Tom Stelling has a rant about the traditional model YouTube. 6 mins
This is my daughter…and this is the first photo of her that I have ever hated. Image (went viral) and accompanying explanation of a 4 year old girl crying in frustration while doing homework.
How NOT to correct homework YouTube. 2 mins. From Mr D. Anybody prepared to admit to this?