We Were Meant to be Teachers!

Classroom Management Strategies and other Teacher Worthy Ideas

Is there an alternative to homework (doing school work at home)?

Homework has become the step-child of education in some public schools.  How about an alternative that still achieves the same purpose?

In fact, most are alternatives to homework altogether, including group brainstorming, modeling/think-alouds, or even the iconic pop-quiz. Food for thought, yes?

How about putting these alternatives in a chart that can be selectively used by older students or students with more creative minds?

For instance, instead of an end of unit test, why not SHORT pop quizzes given frequently that DON’T COUNT toward the final grade?  Why?  These pop quizzes will keep important information in their short term memory and not just shelved away!

In addition to memorizing multiplication facts, have the teams write number stories from real life experiences to show how they’d use these facts in their lives today?

Here’s the link to teachthought.com that also includes the chart from Kathleen Cushman’s Fires in the Mind.  Copy the chart and print it out!



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