Dear teachers. When assigning homework:
- Consider not assigning any at all. Can you get it done at school? It would be better to get the work done at school. This way, you can support your students and reinforce learning.
- Less is more. Quality over quantity.
- Avoid busy work. Students recognize busy work for what it is, and invest poor quality effort into it.
- STATE DIRECTIONS CLEARLY. PLEASE.
- PROOFREAD your homework. Punctuate. If you’re demanding academic language from your students, the least you can do is invest that same effort into constructing the assignment directions.
- HAVE SOMEONE READ THE ASSIGNMENT TO CHECK IT MAKES SENSE. Just because it makes sense in your head doesn’t mean it makes sense.
- Check: Read it in class. Do your students understand the homework? If not, why? Is it because of how you framed the assignment, or because you haven’t prepared them for it?
- If they are behind schedule on submitting homework, check with them before penalizing them. Maybe the homework is so unclear they can’t even formulate questions to clarify it.
- If a number of students have failed to submit homework or have failed to do it correctly, consider the possibility that your homework was constructed poorly.