New Homework Plans

I’ve been teaching for quite a while now and homework is an area I still feel I’m not getting right. Whether it be forgetting to set homework, not setting homework that doesn’t impact learning or poor feedback on homework handed in. Recently I read a blog post about 2-4-2 homework. This homework sets 2 questions on the current topic, 4 questions on previously covered topics and 2 extension questions. 

Instantly I was intrigued by this format. So often I complain about my pupils poor retention of previous topics. This 2-4-2 format would provide spaced and interleaved practice giving pupils to revisit and review topics throughout the year.

My aim is to write a collection of these homeworks for National 5 maths that will be ready to use at the start of the next session. Hopefully having a set of homeworks prepared in advance with proper planning put into them will help pupils next session. 

My other consideration for homework is feedback. I have seen a lot around Twitter about Marking Crib Sheets. These are used to provide whole class feedback. Here is an example of one that I’m considering of adapting. 

https://twitter.com/mrthorntonteach/status/779768955724529664

I would love to hear other opinions on setting homework. 

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