The Homework Question???? - Algebra for All2017-07-21T08:46:19Zhttp://a4a.learnport.org/forum/topics/the-homework-question?feed=yes&xn_auth=noAs a math teacher who has tau…tag:a4a.learnport.org,2017-06-26:3795955:Comment:699522017-06-26T14:13:11.363ZAlexandra Graysonhttp://a4a.learnport.org/profile/AlexandraGrayson
<p>As a math teacher who has taught grades 4-12, I feel that purposeful and well-designed homework shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes / class / night. Yes, over 6 six classes, that comes to 1.5-2 hrs/night, but in high school, students need to be reinforcing content through independent work. They can't afford to wait until college to develop this skill. In middle and elementary school, less total time is required, but the need for consistency in some subjects, particularly math, is very…</p>
<p>As a math teacher who has taught grades 4-12, I feel that purposeful and well-designed homework shouldn't take more than 15-20 minutes / class / night. Yes, over 6 six classes, that comes to 1.5-2 hrs/night, but in high school, students need to be reinforcing content through independent work. They can't afford to wait until college to develop this skill. In middle and elementary school, less total time is required, but the need for consistency in some subjects, particularly math, is very important. I wonder if the lengthy homework assignments some students are receiving, perhaps especially in math and English, are attributable to the curriculum acceleration of the transition to Common Core? And are also responsible for kids seeking e.g. <a href="http://yourhomeworkhelp.org/do-my-algebra-homework/" target="_blank">algebra homework help</a> or <a href="https://www.tutor.com/subjects/algebra" target="_blank">algebra tutors help</a>?<br/><br/>It is obvious to anyone in a quantitative field that the benefits of homework carry forward. For example, even traditional middle school rate word problems, such as finding time traveled given distance and speed, contain about a dozen separate conceptual arithmetic, algebraic, and unit-cancelling steps. (Challenged yourself to identify the steps) If a student has not developed fluency with AND understanding of the rules of arithmetic with fractions, they resort to solving these problems by rote without an ability to justify their mathematical underpinnings. The tragedy is that these rote-solvers do become "calculators on legs", unable to bring any insight into more complex problems / applications that the promising STEM careers address.</p> I teach in residential treatm…tag:a4a.learnport.org,2013-03-03:3795955:Comment:452042013-03-03T15:38:32.153ZDenise Russellhttp://a4a.learnport.org/profile/DeniseRussell
<p>I teach in residential treatment for teens males(grades 6-12) with severe behavioral issues. I have been in this environment for 11 years and this seems to be the first year that my students simply will not do homework. I am very interested to know how other teachers handle homework: grading it, how it is counted towards averages, etc.</p>
<p>I teach in residential treatment for teens males(grades 6-12) with severe behavioral issues. I have been in this environment for 11 years and this seems to be the first year that my students simply will not do homework. I am very interested to know how other teachers handle homework: grading it, how it is counted towards averages, etc.</p>