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To Homework, or Not to Homework: That is the Question

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An ongoing debate rages among many educators over whether or not homework is truly necessary in today's classrooms. In this webinar, Pernille Ripp discusses her own journey away from homework and the ups and downs of helping parents understand, as well as how to still promote time-management, responsibility, and practice. This webinar is meant primarily for elementary and middle-school teachers who want to move away from homework or who are curious about the journey, as well as for parents who would like to support their student in their quest to be homework free.

Forms will be shared to help students prepare for conferences, and various modifications to their format will be discussed. While geared mainly towards elementary and middle-school teachers, other educators may find value in the discussion as well.


Status: Available On-Demand
Subject: General
Last aired on: Friday, August 2, 2013 @ 11:00 AM EDT
Duration: 30 minutes
Credit Hours: 0.5
Categories: Classroom Management, Learning Theories & Strategies
Tags: homework debate, student responsibility

Reviews (39)

Basic Member
Very informative.
Full Member
Very useful, Thank-you!
Full Member
Thanks for sharing.
Full Member
Wonderful sharing of the process you went through to meet your instincts of what is right for your students. I congratulate you and thank you for sharing.
Full Member

Great to hear someone who understands what I have observed and now implement in my own classroom. I am blessed to teach in a system that allows for creative thinking and ideas and I have been able to "grade my students learning" as I say. Parents have been very supportive and I am always surprised how much they are willing to reflect on the purpose of education. Many of my students' parents have been successful in the "real world" and they are willing to hear new ideas. I have been working at this for 18 years, and this year was a turning point. At back to school night with parents I presented my ideas for not so much homework, it was received with applause and a comment from one parent, "I vote for you for the head of the Department of Education." Parents seem to know school needs reform, they know the world is changing and they want their children to be able to think and adapt to change as well.
Full Member
Great ideas - I Thank you for sharing and giving options for homework
Full Member
Wonderful webinar on the debate over homework. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
Basic Member
Love this!! I hate, hate homework! I had already kind of gone to a no homework model but I'm moving even more toward that now. I teach a self-contained 6th grade class and my intention is for "homework" to include reading, 1 or 2 flipped classroom assignments per night (these will be only 5-7 minutes apiece so less than 15 minutes total per night), and then any work that they should have gotten done in class but didn't have time to because they were goofing off.

Like she says, it's not an all or nothing thing. My school is BIG on homework so this year's 5th graders are used to having a good 30+ minutes of homework each night not including reading. Having only 15 minutes (if that) will be a whole new world for them.
Basic Member
Full Member
Great information regarding Homework: purpose, need for, expectations.
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