Homework by @Teacher_danh

Name: Daniel Hortop
Twitter name: @Teacher_danh
Sector: Primary
Subject taught (if applicable): All subjects
Position: Year Leader
What is your advice about? Homework

1: Try #takeawayhmk by @teachertoolkit.

2: Reward children who do homework rather than punishing those who don’t!

3: Set on Monday, in on Friday. No more parents pulling their hair out on a Sunday evening!

4: Allow children to give feedback to each other; this saves you marking time!

5: This is what I did at my school. Hope it helps… Irresistiblehomework.wordpress.com

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Homework by Anonymous

Name: None given
Twitter: None given
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: None given
Position: Head of Department and Trainee Mentor
5 Bits of Advice About: Homework

  1. Make the homework task, the non-negotiables about it and the deadline very clear. Check if any SEN pupils need a printed instruction sheet & prep in advance.
  2. When explaining the deadline, make your expectations clear about what happens if someone is away on the day of the deadline & the consequences for poor/missing work.
  3. Ensure you follow through your warning about non-completion to the letter. Being firm and consistent with the first piece will mean fewer problems later.
  4. Before collecting in, re-state the non-negotiables, eg date and title, headings underlined etc. Give 2 mins for amendments! This will reduce your marking time.
  5. Be firm with those who submit a piece that’s not up to scratch – don’t be afraid to return work to be re-done. Check with your mentor if in doubt.

Homework by Anonymous

Name: Anonymous
Twitter: None given
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: MFL
Position: Teacher
5 Bits of Advice About: Homework

  1. Have a homework routine – always set homework on a particular day of the week and always collect it in on a particular day of the week.
  2. Use your timetable to plan when you are going to mark each set of books – when do you have more free periods? Do you have a gap of 2 or 3 days before their lessons?
  3. Vary your homework between learning for tests and a reading/writing exercise.
  4. Be creative – rather than a review of a real film, have them write a review of a fake film based on their own life (and they can choose who they cast as themselves!)
  5. NEVER accept Google translated work. Either give them a dictionary or have them write what they wanted to say underneath their work for you to translate when you mark it.