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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 13, 2010 at 8:21 PM (Answer #2)

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Both kinds of work clearly have their benefits and their drawbacks.  I tend to like classwork better when I am teaching lower-level students and homework more for higher-level (in terms of skills) students.

The great thing about classwork is that students cannot simply copy it from one another.  This is a major drawback with homework.  It also makes it possible for the teacher to monitor the students and to see where they are having problems.

The good thing about homework is that it does not deprive you of precious class time.  You can actually do more in class that will enrich your students.  Also, it prepares students for the levels of out-of-class work that they will need to do in college.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 13, 2010 at 8:43 PM (Answer #3)

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In recent years, I have tended to focus more on in class work, and towards almost entirely essay questions.  For one thing, I can monitor their progress and tutor individuals for concept retention and understanding, that way I can tell where the class is at.  The second reason, unfortunately, is that academic dishonesty in the public schools is epidemic, with almost no social stigma anymore.  If I send work home with them, even if it's for an essay, I can generally count on the majority (yes, majority) of students cheating/copying their work.

It's an unfortunate reality in the modern school, so rather than turn my assignments into what Theodore Sizer called "The conspiracy of the least", where they pretend to learn, and we pretend we're teaching them, I like to keep my work in class.

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted November 13, 2010 at 8:52 PM (Answer #4)

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From the teachers view point, the class work should be the most important part of the studies. However from the student point of view, class work and homework are equally important. However, the amount of time and effort a student should devote to homework will vary upon the the subject being taught and its level. Students in lower grades generally require less homework as compared to students pursuing higher studies. Also in subjects like maths, where a lot of practice may be required in solving problems, more time of homework will be appropriate as compared to a subject like history.

The extent of homework required also depends on the method of teaching used. For example, a teaching methodology which relies heavily on the students undertaking projects as a part of studies, requires more homework as compared to teaching methodology which does nor require any project work.

I would like to emphasize here that though the homework is done by the student without direct supervision of the teacher, the teacher is not absolved from the responsibility for guiding the student in their homework so that their learning from it is maximized. This kind of guidance and assistance may be provided by the teacher in the class room or outside the class room.

From the student's view point the homework represent the main activity where the student can put in extra effort, either to make up for basic lack of aptitude for learning a subject, or to improve the knowledge of a favourite subject.

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joerug | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted November 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM (Answer #5)

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While homework is a necessary tool, in terms of reinforcing ideas and concepts learned in class, learning occurs in the classroom.  Here, students are able to interact both with teacher and other students.  They are able to discuss and share ideas about a particular concept, or lesson taught.  In the classroom, students have the opportunity to experience "the other side" of an argument or notion.  Homework, is necessary to obtain a certain level of mastery.  It is necessary to improve one's skills.

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mrs-gallagher | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 15, 2010 at 3:49 PM (Answer #6)

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I prefer classwork over homework, since I'm never certain who is actually doing the homework.  However, there is some benefit to giving small amounts of homework in order to build a sense of responsibility.

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 16, 2010 at 10:02 PM (Answer #7)

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I generally feel the need to give enough homework to start the next day with some anticipation of things to come.  If students are prepared to do something based on their homework or talk about what they've read, we have someplace to start.  Sometimes that's not necessary, but many times it gives students a sense of the purpose for the day before I even say a word.  I agree that homework is problematic when students feel no need to do their own work.  This lack of confidence and trust is one of the most discouraging changes in teaching I've experienced. 

Lori Steinbach

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rskardal | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted November 17, 2010 at 2:59 PM (Answer #8)

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In general, I prefer classwork, though I do assign homework. There have been some strong arguments for classwork and concerns raised about homework.

One argument against homework that has always stuck with me was expressed on Dan Meyer's blog, found here: http://blog.mrmeyer.com/?p=133.

He points out that the kids that are most likely to do the homework are the ones that are least likely to need the practice.

Hope this helps,

Ryan

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txpride | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted November 18, 2010 at 2:40 AM (Answer #9)

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I feel both are important..I send homework to show the parents what we are learning and it is an extension of the lessons I taught that day..but classwork..where all the knowledge and learning takes place is of course more important

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litelle209 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 20, 2010 at 12:15 AM (Answer #10)

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This seems to depend on the grade level, doesn't it? In elementary school, when we learn things elementary like writing and reading, it seem to make more sense to have supervised practice in the basic skills that still require us to use developing motor-skills ( the scissor and glue projects). High schoolers are more independent, and if we shift into college (my class room), we often have a high percentage of students who may take a course because its required and they may be only interested to do the amount of work that it takes to pass. Homework is a good way to give students who want to excel the opportunity to shine and invest extra time in something that interests them, while others may really be just pragmatic in their approach. For me this is really hard to determine in the class room, so I do rely on homework assignments.

And then there are always different learning styles and some students learn better in class than others who may be quiet or shy. But, hey, there is always extra-credit homework if in doubt.

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James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 20, 2010 at 11:44 AM (Answer #11)

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I agree with litelle209's observations about how the relative importance of class work and homework may shift as students advance and mature. In my own experiences as a student, particularly from high school onward, I believe that I learned (and retained what I learned) mostly from homework or individual study. 

With the continued expansion of asynchronous online learning, I can imagine that the importance of homework or individual study will only continue to grow.

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stunawsome | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted November 23, 2010 at 8:45 AM (Answer #12)

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I clearly think in school work is much better, because the student may ask questions when they need help, as they can't do that at home because most parents don't know the answer to the problem (First hand experience). Kids also tend to like class work better as they won't have as much stress and homework to deal with at home, but if they don't finish the in class work then it is understandable that it would be homework. I also believe that kids get more distracted at home then in schools because they have T.V. around them and video games.

 

Hope this helps,

Zach

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silver-rise | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 23, 2010 at 11:14 AM (Answer #13)

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Yes, i am also agree with you all, school or class work is muchbetter than homeowork, because students cannot work properly at home and concentrate properly on their homework. While staying class and working there they can ask questions they are having problem with in from the teachers.

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dalcinaye | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted November 25, 2010 at 9:17 PM (Answer #14)

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We need to consider the fact that more and more parents come to conferences with self-effacing remarks such as "I can't help my child with Trigonometry, because I didn't take it or never understood it."  Not all students have internet access at home to help answer their questions or engage them in the kinds of discussions that need to take place to spur their own though processes and desire to investigate.  It seems that many parents in modern America desire "busy work" for their students, because they lack the knowledge to engage their child in these types of discussions themselves or lack the time.  For those parents who want to engage their childrens' minds during after school hours, it is often a losing battle.  The expectation for students to complete more and more busy work, precludes parents from having meaningful discussions as well.

I feel that homework should be more thought-based and "busy work" should be limited to 15 minutes per subject per night.  In addition, we need to reach a point where our student body have equal access to the resources they need to push them toward 21st century thinking and vocations.  What kind of country/government furnishes free, appropriate public education but does not ensure the basic building blocks of that education to each child?  Many children are left behind.  This country's words and deeds are not harmonious when it comes to educating our precious youth!

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ayazmomin | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 27, 2010 at 7:35 PM (Answer #15)

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Class work does consume your class period, but according to the timetable set, most of the schools do give 2 continuous periods mainly for the students to finish writing activities and to ensure that students form a habit to finish their work within a stipulated time. (eg. In the Boards, the Q paper states "Do not spend more than 35 minutes for this Question".) Here accuracy and time management counts. Furthermore, the teacher is able to judge the students when correction is done. It is difficult to judge the student's caliber in homework because many students (even studious ones) come to school early and copy the given homework from their friends - be it Maths or Science, etal.

Secondly, as far as homework is concerned, let's say a topic given encourages students to 'copy paste' materials from the internet directly which is a loss for the student as he does not read nor understands the content. Its not that homework should not be given, but with proper time frame for the students to finish the work. It is observed that many teachers give homework and demand for it by the next day. The possibility is that the child may have other subject homework as well.

According to me class work is still the best. Home work like writing down Q. Ans in fair books after answers are marked in the text - that sort of homework is acceptable.

~Prof. Ayaz.

 

 

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lodwi1sn | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted November 28, 2010 at 12:42 PM (Answer #16)

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I have always felt, as both a student and now as an educator, that students get much more out of classwork and groupwork than from homework.

Maybe because I am middle level (and they NEED to socialize or will destroy the day with lack of attention, flirting and fidgeting), I find simple in-class assignments where the students get to peer advise, work together and ciritically think as a team work best for my 7th graders.

I tend to give only reading assignments as homework, or large projects (where in-class time is also provided). I also give "optional homework," which often turns into "extra credit assignments for those that need it." :)

Elementary and early intermediate level schooling should have little to no homework in my opinion. As was stated in a previous post, unfortunately the students who do the homework are generally the ones who need it least.

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 29, 2010 at 9:25 PM (Answer #17)

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Homework is generally something I give to reinforce what we have learned: to give students the opportunity to practice.

In theory, I like classwork better because I can be there to provide some support and guidance, and sometimes "teachable moments" present themselves in discussion that makes the material in the lesson more memorable. Tying new information to the debate of an idea with other students allows that material to attach itself more easily to our long-term memory.

Different students will interpret work (I teach English) in different ways; this is not to say they are wrong, but interpretation is a wonderful thing in English class. We can study a character and with the input of others during discussion, realizes things about a character or a plot that might not have occurred to us on our own.

It also gives us a chance to know each other better as people and develop a class identity.

Homework, when it is completed by the student, helps instill the content more deeply within the student's memory (we hope), and allows that student to think independently. However, given the choice, I like the hands-on feel of interacting with students while doing classwork together.

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mamape | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 30, 2010 at 9:24 PM (Answer #18)

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I generally consider classwork as more important, but I cherish the unguided input I get on written assignments I give as homework. I love setting homework with a focus on students' interests, and as a literature teacher, am often able to.

I now find myself setting more and more of my written assignments during class however, for the above reasons of plagiarism (when the question is more related to the specific text than personal opinion), and also because of academic pressure. I work in a private school, and the students do have a lot of homework; I'm now resorting to capping the time students should spend on assignments, as some students are spending such excessive amounts of time on them (not that many though! :)

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oluademic | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 1, 2010 at 8:30 AM (Answer #19)

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Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Classwork helps the teacher to know if the students actually understand the lesson and there is limit to the chances of copying from other student. But in the case of homework, students can help themselves, and this adds to their assimilating power even if they 'stole' answers from their notes at home; it still helps them to get close to those notes to study them.

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msmegmaynard | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 2, 2010 at 7:17 AM (Answer #20)

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I feel that both are important to building not only knowledge and classroom skills, but basic life skills. Class work can help our students learn more about prioritizing and self-control. "I can't talk to Suzy right now because this assignment is due at the end of the period." Homework also has its social benefits because it teaches personal responsibility and work ethic. Students learn that their education is in their hands as well and that putting things off to the last minute is not in their best interest. Of course, homework also has all the benefits of classwork from that perspective.

I feel that another important benefit of classwork, however, is that students who don't understand the material don't have to flounder on their own. The teacher, being present, can assist and answer questions, redirect distracted students back to the task at hand, and there is little to no chance of them losing or "losing" the work, so it can be handed in with little or no trouble.

However, I do feel that the amount of classwork you assign should be less than the amount of homework you assign. I cannot stress enough how important it is that students learn to depend on themselves and not on teachers or parents as a sole source of information. Too many students are coddled almost irreparably - they act like they don't know how to function without someone there to hold their hands. It's crazy!

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reiton | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted December 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM (Answer #21)

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Benefits of doing the work in school:

  • The work is that of the student.
  • The teacher can intervene and provide feedback.
  • The teacher can facilitate the learning process.
  • Work is typically completed  and not misplaced.
  • The teacher can more accurately judge if the work is of poor quality due to ability or due to lack of effort.
  • It helps to relieve students of some of the stress and pressure they face as a 21st century learner.
  • Time is spent on purposeful learning (busy work tends to cease).
  • Students still learn to work independently.
  • Scores do not drop in schools and districts that minimize homework.

Drawbacks of doing work at school:

  • Time is limited.
  • Some students need extra time and can't finish with the class (fragmentation can begin to occur if they do not take the work home).
  • Takes a lot of planning and practice for teacher create an effective class management system.
  • Resources are not always available.

 

 

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Posted December 2, 2010 at 10:02 PM (Answer #22)

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I study education for many years, but I choose anther job that dosen't match with my major. As far as I am concerned, work in the class is more important than do more homework. If the student can master the content through the guide of teacher, she/he no need to  do a lot of homework .

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trophyhunter1 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 4, 2010 at 6:02 AM (Answer #23)

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No matter what it is, homework or classwork, it is important to remember to collect and grade and give immediate feedback to the students. It must be meaningful and not busy work. Most importantly, the students need practice in writing and reading for meaning. So, no matter what is assigned, it is good for the students to gain practice in those areas.

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mifa36 | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted December 8, 2010 at 2:01 AM (Answer #24)

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Without a doubt , in class work. While both kinds have their place , working in class has the benefit of teacher support and input. While homework does have the merit of allowing for individual research , I find that many students tend to cut and paste from an internet source when producing homework rather than explore a topic or extend their own learning.

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jwieckhorst | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 11, 2010 at 10:12 AM (Answer #25)

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As a math teacher, that can be a tough choice. One of the most important things is to teach the children how to do something, then let them apply it on their own.

Class work is a great time to let the children work in groups to apply their knowledge, but homework allows the students to practice on their own.

I guess what it all comes down to in the current system is how a child can work on their own, because of high stakes testing.

So while class work builds confidence and ability to perform a task, homework proves whether or not a student can use it on his/her own, and the current system prioritizes that.

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mujer | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted December 13, 2010 at 12:24 PM (Answer #26)

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At the university level, in-class work does not always work because there is a very limited amount of time for teaching and class discussions. Homework and office hours are the most effective in this situation. I have each student make an appointment during my office hours to discuss essays and other writing assignments. It works for me, and for them, I hope.

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted December 19, 2010 at 11:20 PM (Answer #27)

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In the UK, math work undertaken at home or in free time has been completely abandoned for math qualifications at age 16. (GCSE) Results were going higher and higher and there was no certainty about how much help the candidates were getting. Also, when you think about it, it might not be the fairest system - for example some students had parents rich enough to pay for tutors to help their kids. Now it's class work and exam only.

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bickemanne-a | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted December 20, 2010 at 10:25 AM (Answer #28)

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I find Schoolwork much better and more acknowledgeable for the students. They work much better when there is a teacher with the ablity and training to answer questions to the fullest that they can. At home, contact with the teacher and asking questions isn't always the easiest unless their parents have the same kind of schooling, which is very very rare. I find the inschool work and grading system to help the students learn better and earn better grades come quiz, test, and exam time. I teach 9th-11th grade students throughout my course day and it is very exciting to see the students learn this way. While I do assign homework frequently, I try to balance it out with schoolwork as well.

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kmalone614 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 20, 2010 at 11:16 AM (Answer #29)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

I am a firm believer that in-class work is more effective. I feel this way because I've done both! In my first few years of teaching I relied HEAVILY on homework, and though I had good intentions of going over it again in class, I found that classtime got away from me often.

I now use in class work more often. This is better for the following reasons:

1) It allows the students to do the work immediately after hearing the lesson, increasing the chances that they will connect the practical use of that knowledge to their prior knowledge.

2) It allows for me to interact with them and help them in the moment of their question.

3) It allows for the option of group work, and we all know that collaborative learning is key for students.

The only downfall to this, in my opinion, is with large class numbers. I have used this with classes of 11 and with classes of 34, and it works well with both, but the larger classes do require more management during work time.

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celtic1108 | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 22, 2010 at 11:14 AM (Answer #30)

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I think that they are both very valuable. Yes, with in-class work you are there to help. You see immediately who struggles and where he/she struggles. You get the instant feedback. Homework is fantastic if used correctly. Too many people view homework as busy work. For me, it is an opportunity for students to think on their own. They do not have or the other students for help. They need to know where and how to get help if they need. They need to figure the work out on their own! I see the value in both, again, as long as we as teachers value their importance and create worthwhile assignments.

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eh4clap | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 24, 2010 at 10:38 AM (Answer #31)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

Both are equally important. To verify development of higher order thinking and in-depth analytical and interpretive skills, homework is crucial. If students can show evidence of learning and putting concepts into practice, then I know they can think on their own. Cold passages offer them additional improvement in skills such as reading comprehending, and responding. Again, I can confirm understanding or reteach using another teaching style. Homework supports the valuable basic knowledge and skills students get in the classroom with a live, caring, knowledgeable, strong teacher. 

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latarchau | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 26, 2010 at 6:53 PM (Answer #32)

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As a teacher, I think class work is more important.  Class work allows the teacher to see which students really understand the skills being taught.  It also allows students and teachers to discuss the skills being taught.  I give homework every night because it is beneficial.  Homework is important because it allows parents to reinforce the skills.  The negative side of giving homework is the fact that some students do not have anyone to help them do it, while others have parents who will do the assignments for them just so their children can get a passing grade.

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profdotson | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 29, 2010 at 4:33 PM (Answer #33)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

  Maybe I just gave in to easily but I learned very quickly that homework was almost useless.  I would assign homework and students would not do it and some actually had fairly reasonable problems that kept them from doing homework.

I hhave had collegues say they give homework but they do not grade it.  This is also against my philosphy.  I think if I give an assignment it warrants being graded.

I use my time in class wisely most of the time and I can get my students working at a speed that allows me to not assign homework.

I do give projects and I do expect students to read.  These things are done outside of class and are assessed in a multitude of ways in my class.

 

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volleygirl31385 | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted December 29, 2010 at 8:04 PM (Answer #34)

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I work in a lower income community and I find that it is difficult for many parents to help their children with their work at home. I have issues with many students not completing their work at home, for various reasons. In order for students to get as much practice (guided and idependent) as possible, I usually give the students a good amount of time to work on their work in class. This reason is two fold. They are doing the work and they are able to ask me questions. Many times, the students cannot get help from their parents for help due to the fact that education is changing and that they are not familiar with current methods and ways of teaching. Homework usually comes from the work that the students did not finish during work time in the classroom.

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carlatullis | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 1, 2011 at 1:18 PM (Answer #35)

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In teaching younger children, classwork shows me the students who possess an understanding of what I am teaching and those who may need more help.  It also shows me their ability to handle a concept independently.  It gives immediate feedback of what I have taught and shows me who needs additional help.  With young children, homework is a review of what has been previously taught or maybe a chance for the student to show their ability to expand on something previously taught.

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is00 | College Teacher | Honors

Posted January 1, 2011 at 6:55 PM (Answer #36)

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There should be a 60:40 ratio of the two points mentioned.Human brain is capable of keeping a lot of information if properly concentrated.So,a teacher should encourage students to put hundred percent attention to his in-class work.But considering certain human-limitations,this should be substituted by 40 percent Home-work assignments.Both has their own importance in the total process of learning.

Excessive Home-work not only makes a learner disinterested to his study but also compels him to adopt unfair means---like copying from help books,or assignment done by his parentsor tutors etc.

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sanna01 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2011 at 3:35 AM (Answer #37)

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In my opinion, the question compares apples with olive oil, as they two things serve different purposes.  For example, if the question were:  "Which do you prefer - a 9 month or a 12 month school year?", the comparison could be easily made because both things serve the same purpose, but achieve it in a different way.  Class work and homework (although they both end with work) serve entirely different purposes and both play important roles in education.  To treat them as the same is to undervalue both.  I agree that the emphasis on either one may change as development, grade level and achievement levels change, but both should be utilized regularly and with intent.

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gireesh | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2011 at 3:41 AM (Answer #38)

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both homework and classwork are equally efficient .classwork is cumpulsary as it lets us know how much we have learnt .it makes us have a better understanding on the subject.it is like practice and practice makes a man perfect.once the school is over , homework is the thing which allows us to keep in touch with the subject .it allows the student to go thru the topic in his own learning style.to conclude,work is a must do in the class as well as in the house for a student to excell.

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zihala | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 2, 2011 at 6:17 AM (Answer #39)

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Different types of work are more effective in different scenerios. I teach college so the classroom is used for lecture and discussion. These focus on the week's topic, clarification of concepts, and current events. Written assignments and reading of relevant material in preparation for class are best done outside of the classroom. Giving a brief in-class writing assignment early in the semester is helpful so that you have a "sample" of each student's writing ability to compare to out-of-class writing assignments to ensure that each student is doing his own work.

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fatma2007 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2011 at 7:43 AM (Answer #40)

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homework , because you will be forced to study to answer the questions .

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fatma2007 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 2, 2011 at 7:46 AM (Answer #41)

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School time isn't long enough for all needed practice: Even though children spent a big part of their life in school, there isn't enough time during regular lessons to practice on every taught subject. Thus, there is a need to practice outside the classroom - at home. Depending on their age and the growing ability of working on their own, homework becomes more and more important as children continue their advance in the school system.

 

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msrenfroe | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 3, 2011 at 5:44 AM (Answer #42)

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In class work can be the most beneficial if it is designed so that all the participants have to "work."  This is difficult for the teacher to accomplish.  I love it when the kids all work together and I hear discussions going on.  I had a group of freshmen last year that were the best!  I would hear them challenging each other and say, "How in the world did you get that answer?"  Then one would show the other and they'd argue and either prove somebody wrong or see why the answer was right.  Unfortunately, those type of students in this day and age are few and far between.  Class work works best when the teacher walks the room guiding and monitoring the work.  So sometimes this is a lot more work for the teacher, but in the long run can teach the student the most.   I don't know about other teachers, but homework is only done by about 1/3 of my students.

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jls8195 | Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 4, 2011 at 11:28 AM (Answer #43)

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I think it is less relevant WHERE the work is completed; what you need to consider first and foremost is WHAT you want the work to accomplish. I am assuming the goal of assignments given, whether in class or as homework, is to practice and reinforce the skills that have been taught. If this is indeed the case, why not consider the possibility of Perfect Practice?

Picture this: a worksheet has 10 math problems on one side. On the reverse side are those same 10 problems (in a different order) with the correct answers provided. Ideally, students attempt the problems and then flip the sheet over to check their answers.

Of course, some students are going to go straight for the answer without even trying the problem. But to do this, they first have to store the problem in their mind, because when they flip the paper over, it will not be in the same spot and they will have to remember it long enough to locate it. Then, they have to remember the answer long enough to flip the paper back over and write it down. So even when they "cheat," they still see the problem and its answer multiple times, which is more reinforcement than they would get if they chose not to do the assignment or did it incorrectly.  

The idea behind Perfect Practice is for students to practice perfectly -- the more times they practice something incorrectly, the harder it becomes to undo that. Perfect Practice can be assigned as either homework or classwork, and ensures CORRECT reinforcement of skills.

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judibeefl | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted January 5, 2011 at 11:33 AM (Answer #44)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

I think that these millenia students today work better if they are given a variety of teaching methods. With that being said, both classwork and homework have their place in and out of the classroom. Classwork allows the students to have more interaction and learn from the teachers. Homework is a great way for the students to practice the day's lessons in the home environment. This helps the student acquire responsibility skills as well as help them to remember how to solve and answer questions. Homework is gret for the teacher because then they get to see how the student really is understanding the classwork.   The teacher can offer homework on certain days but not on the others to allow a changeup or variety!

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saharm | Student, Undergraduate | Honors

Posted January 6, 2011 at 12:35 AM (Answer #45)

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in my opinion and according to my experiences, class work is more better. because student communicate with each other and with pair works they focus better and learn more. it is important to know that some student never do their homework.

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mrcarey | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 6, 2011 at 3:48 PM (Answer #46)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

Undoutably, work done in the class is of the greatest importance to me. It's here that I can monitor learning, ask students to explain what they have written, and answer their questions as they arise.

There is a place for homework but I am finding these days that it is becoming more restricted in it's use. Students are busy after school, it is a constant fight to get them to do it consistently and much of it is homework for the sake of giving homework.

Far better is for students to choose to do work that they see is relevant. Researching topics of interest, interviewing friends and relatives and collecting material that could be used in the classroom. Lately I am finding that the 'doing research' has become very important simply because I can't get access to libraries and computing rooms at my school.

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abhii | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted January 8, 2011 at 8:52 AM (Answer #47)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

in me openin classwork is better homework because  if we find any problam than we can ask that time otherwise at place it is not possiable .

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ilove2learn2010 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted January 9, 2011 at 2:44 PM (Answer #48)

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Classwork.

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jcvickery | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 9, 2011 at 5:04 PM (Answer #49)

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I too prefer a healthy dose of classwork because it engages the student in activities during class and takes the onus off of me to be giving information while they passively sit and supposedly sponge it up.

Homework is necessary as some items must be completed on students time.  While all the observations about the copying and source of work stand as obstacles, the reality is that a healthy balance between class and home work is the best way that I have found for my class.

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expiredsoul | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 11, 2011 at 8:12 AM (Answer #50)

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kimbers-indo | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 12, 2011 at 5:53 PM (Answer #51)

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Neither in-class work nor homework can be summarily dismissed from the teacher/learner arsenal but for me the chief emphasis must fall on in-class work. There the engagement is (hopefully) immediate and concrete (as in everyone is in the room or space together) and there is collaborative work being done. But as has been ably said in other posts high school students need more time and independent space in which to reflect on what is being learned... so work at home which connects and seques from that in class expereince is probably mandated. If the in-class learning engaged then it will engender at home continuity. It may even prompt extension learning and enquiry.

What is anathema to me is homework that simply exists in isolation or is designed to enable students to cover the curriculum content that has not been dealt with properly in class. Homework cannot compensate for a lack of in class engagement. Heaven forfend homework as extra credit.

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mravison | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted January 13, 2011 at 7:45 PM (Answer #52)

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For high school, class work is better because the student is able to get direct practice of skills in the classroom with access to the teacher. Homework is only useful for independent practice of a skill, but it should be an extension of what was already practiced in the classroom before a student can do it on their own. Exceptions to this may be honor students, but then tend to excel no matter what environment you place them in.

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 14, 2011 at 4:38 PM (Answer #53)

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The issue of classwork or homework must turn on the level of difficulty the course itself presents. For gifted or advanced placement students, a certain amount of self directed study is paramount to success. In those instances, a substantial amount of homework should be assigned; but it must not be "busy" work; it must be directed towards a meaningful learning experience that can augment lessons taught during class.

For less motivated or less gifted students; homework serves little purpose other than "drill and practice." Such work quickly becomes boring, and it is easy for kids to procrastinate. Also, there is not the opportunity for interaction with the teacher should questions present themselves.  In such a situation, homework should be kept to a respectable minimum.  Under such a circumstance, failure to complete homework or failure to submit correct homework should not on its own be grounds for failure.

 

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aquirk27 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:49 PM (Answer #54)

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I prefer class work over assigning homework. Traditionally, I have discovered that the students who truly need to practice for improvement of their comprehension and skills neither utilize the time, nor the opportunity to seek such an improvement. These students simply copy, or attempt to copy, the answers provided by those students who do not necessarily need the additional opportunities. Even when I assign complete synthesis-level work, students still manage to exhaust significant energy attempting to modify another student's work in hopes of passing it off as their own. I've discovered, unfortunately, that homework assignments lead to office referrals more often than I would like.

I also believe that class work is not only advantageous for students, but is also an optimal time for teacher assessment and evaluation. Much can be discerned by simply watching the facial expressions and body language of a student attempting to work through a grammar exercise or literary analysis. A teacher can read the cues from the boy or girl in need and use that time as an opportunity to provide him or her with much needed individual engagement.

Lastly, class work allows teachers to create a forum-based instructional atmosphere. When students are allowed to work in cooperative environments (similar to real-life), they are provided with learning opportunities that are unmatched elsewhere. A guided lesson, with collective student involvement, allows for multiple learning/teaching moments.

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analytical | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 15, 2011 at 6:50 PM (Answer #55)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

Both are important for the teaching/learning process. However,depending on the class a teacher may choose to use more of one than the other to spark interest and to motivate students to learn. I find that for slower students it is better to use more classwork than homework as a teaching strategy. Why? It is simpl;y because weaker students often find home work  challenging regardless of the difficulty and will often chose not to do the homework. In class however they can be encouraged to do more. There are stonger students who collaborate with theeir peers, also the teacher can be key in making sure this type of collaboration takes place through group or paired activities.

This approach ensures that both teacher and learner are experiencing a level of success in the classroom which is measurable and rewarding. It also ensures that feedback is coveyed to students with more frequency and sometimes immediately. Both students and teachers can track their progress. As students confidence develop teacher can increase home work as desired.

I've triied this approach and seen the benefits. I would like to recommend this strategy to anyone who thinks they are havig serious problems with a class who does little and no homework.

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mom5640 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 17, 2011 at 7:52 PM (Answer #56)

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I teach in a rural, economically disadvantaged community (title 1 school) and I have found that homework is a source of frustration for most of my students.  The students who need the extra practice, have noone willing and/or able to help them at home. (I use the term "home" broadly here, because for many it happens to be where they are at the moment, grandma's, a car, a friend's couch, etc. and "home" may change daily.) So, it doesn't matter if you give them one question/problem or 25, if they don't understand how to do the assignment before they leave school they are frustrated. The students don't require the extra practice typically have parents/guardians/caregiverswho are involved with their education and give the assistance the student needs or will tell me the student is having trouble and ask how to help. That is why I prefer classwork over homework. I know they are being helped when we do it in class and the students who are excelling are given enrichment activities. The groups change as the topics change (eg. strong reader/weak math). It requires much planning and organization, but it works for me. Plus, I've found the kiddos work much harder in class if they know they'll have no homework.

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bassplay12 | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 19, 2011 at 10:15 PM (Answer #57)

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As a teacher, more emphasis is placed on homework than classwork.  During the lesson, many questions are asked and a lot of help is given.  Students ask for guidance and check for correct answers.  Sure, independent practice in class is important.  However, the students are still in class.  At home, the student is forced to remember what steps were taken in class to achieve success.  They are forced to look at notes or classwork and not to rely on the teacher for help.

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arlen1234 | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM (Answer #58)

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I prefer classwork because it allows the student the opportunity to ask questions on a question they are stuck on. I assign homework during class time. I allow them time in class to do the lesson but then we discuss the information the next day. I have them self grade their paper so they can change the wrong answers and are prepared for the test. Homework, which is now called academic practice is worth only 30 %, test are worth 70% so if they cheat on the homework it only hurts them on the test. Good luck

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romybelchi | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted January 25, 2011 at 5:16 AM (Answer #59)

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Both classwork and homework are of equal importance. However, there are times in which classwork is of extreme importance for the student to learn how to manage with different types of activities. Once the student is familiarized with a specific type of activity, the teacher can send homework related to that. On the other hand, I believe homework is essential to develop student's independence.

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tresvivace | College Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted January 26, 2011 at 12:32 PM (Answer #60)

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I agree that this decision depends on the grade level; it also depends on the level of engagement of the class, the project or activity, and the ability of the class.  Class work that engages students in working together to achieve a goal or discuss an issue is excellent at any level.  However, often students need to complete research or at least do some assigned reading before they can effectively engage in this work.  In some classes, it makes sense even to supervise reading or writing, but as students progress, they will need to do some of this reading or writing outside of class.

I am aware that some writing instructors require all writing to be done in class, at the very least the rough draft, in order to prevent plagiarism or other kinds of cheating.  Certainly some writing should be done in class so that that teacher becomes aware of the student's writing ability or even sees how some students struggle to begin an essay.  But requiring all written work to be completed in class prevents students with a flair for writing or an interest in being creative from doing their best work.  They may need time to linger, time to daydream, and time to hesitate and start over before they can do their best writing.  I know that as a student I would have hated having to complete all my essays in class.  (I am referring to high school and middle school here.)  At the college level, of course, it just isn't practical to have students complete their writing in class.

My writing example is only one small example; there are many more depending on the subject matter and often depending on the school and the class.  The answer to the original question depends on a myriad of factors.  It is crucially important for the teacher to know his or her students well and to know what they are capable.  We should certainly hold the bar high and expect students who are capable of doing so to put in time outside class.  But we also need to understand the needs of those students who need our help and who need the nurturing environment of the classroom in order to even begin the work.

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rcoats14 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 26, 2011 at 6:34 PM (Answer #61)

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At the elementary level, students should have the opportunity to practice during class with the guidance of a teacher.  After a skill is taught and practiced with the guidance of a teacher, the students can be asked to do the skill independently.  Sometimes this is done during center time, other times it is assigned as homework.  With homework, it can be difficult to know if the student is actually the one who does the assignment.  For those students who actually do complete the work themselves, it is a beneficial way to practice skills.

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hpatton0 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 26, 2011 at 7:05 PM (Answer #62)

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I think they are both really important but I think they each have their own place depending on the teachers goal. I use classwork to assess the students understanding of new material or to revisit older material that wasn't mastered. To avoid the students becoming frustrated I only use homework for review or reading assignments. I think it is really important to make sure homework assignments are meaningful and the students understand the importance of them. If students know why they are asked to do something and know that you have their best interest in mind, then they will be more likely to put effort into their homework assignments and benefit from the extra review.

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kbarsamian | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 27, 2011 at 9:15 AM (Answer #63)

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As a high school teacher, I focus on classwork and give homework only if it is truly relevant and meaningful to further the work we began in class. Students mastery of knowledge does require them to practice and work towards really owning the material, but I don't believe this happens at home.

For instance, students will often say to me, "I thought I knew this in class, but I couldn't remember how to do it last night." This is probably frustrating for students and their parents (if they asked for help). I prefer to give students an assignment that they can start in class and then I leave time at the end of class so they can ask questions before they complete the assignment at home.

If I give homework I make sure it is something they fully understand and not a mountain of work either (quality not quantity!)

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tolchowy | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted January 29, 2011 at 10:45 AM (Answer #64)

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I believe the best learning occurs within the classroom environment.  Students can share knowledge with one another and help one another to greater understanding.  Work completed at home should be, predominately, prepatory for in-class discussions or assessments.  The other use of homework is for practice of skills.  In class students are taught to do a skill and then they are asked to practice it at home at night.  Real learning, though, happens in the classroom where students have access to a teacher to aid their learning and to challenge their thinking. 

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lmasters8 | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 29, 2011 at 2:28 PM (Answer #65)

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Participation in class is the key to understanding. Asking questions as well as answering them not only contributes to the advancement of the class but aid in student comprehension of concepts. In my experience students who are active class members- ie: complete and share regardless of grade level tend to score higher and leave with more than those who sit back and wait to review it at home. Homework is a review which will help those who participated to gain even more insight into the topic and hopefully come to class the next day ready to ask even more.

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missbennet | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 29, 2011 at 5:49 PM (Answer #66)

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I am a high school English teacher, and the only homework I assign is to read and complete weekly assignments pertaining to what is read.  Too many of my students face insurmountable odds at home as far as doing homework is concerned.  One of my students had to deal with her stepfather-du-jour ripping the door off of the bathroom so he could watch her shower.  Asking her to do homework is senseless.

As has been stated by others, I believe learning occurs in the classroom. I like for my students to read at home, and we discuss and enrich at school.

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megomez | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 30, 2011 at 5:45 PM (Answer #67)

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I generally feel the need to give enough homework to start the next day with some anticipation of things to come.  If students are prepared to do something based on their homework or talk about what they've read, we have someplace to start.  Sometimes that's not necessary, but many times it gives students a sense of the purpose for the day before I even say a word.  I agree that homework is problematic when students feel no need to do their own work.  This lack of confidence and trust is one of the most discouraging changes in teaching I've experienced. 

I agree with you. Homework is needed as part of a lesson to determine students' understanding as well as mastery and it gives us, teachers, a good idea where to continue the lesson. Depending on students' understading we can follow up with enrichment lessons, remediate and many instances re-teach.  Futhermore, homework serves to instill responsibility to children. I reward those students completing 100% during the month. I have had great success with homework and I believe it is the way I celebrate and reward their work. I believe homework should not be treated as a punishment. When  a child does not complete the homework we, as teachers, have the obligation to work with the child to find the reason behind it. Most of the time they have a legitimate reason.

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megomez | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 30, 2011 at 5:55 PM (Answer #68)

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Benefits of doing the work in school:

  • The work is that of the student.
  • The teacher can intervene and provide feedback.
  • The teacher can facilitate the learning process.
  • Work is typically completed  and not misplaced.
  • The teacher can more accurately judge if the work is of poor quality due to ability or due to lack of effort.
  • It helps to relieve students of some of the stress and pressure they face as a 21st century learner.
  • Time is spent on purposeful learning (busy work tends to cease).
  • Students still learn to work independently.
  • Scores do not drop in schools and districts that minimize homework.

Drawbacks of doing work at school:

  • Time is limited.
  • Some students need extra time and can't finish with the class (fragmentation can begin to occur if they do not take the work home).
  • Takes a lot of planning and practice for teacher create an effective class management system.
  • Resources are not always available.

 

 

Yes, the giggest problem we face in the classroom it TIME!! I work in and underpriviledged urban school and time is an issue because we need to  constantlyassess and change strategies and this is time consuming. As I replied earlier, homework should only be a reinforcement and used as a tool to help us remediate the students having difficulties. The most important part of of homewotk is reading to help students expand their voabulary and master fluency.

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jyerian | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 30, 2011 at 7:47 PM (Answer #69)

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I have a power point presentation concerning this topic. After researching the benefits and negative influence, I have concluded that homework is being used for the wrong reasons in the majority of the classrooms across America. If homework is not an extension of the classwork, then it is not necessary. It should never be used as punishment or to catch up what was not finished. Homework should be something meaningful and instructional. Unfortunately, in most cases it is just simply busy work.

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gerardm | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 31, 2011 at 9:17 PM (Answer #70)

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It depends on the task, for example, creative writing: could you imagine Shakespeare writing a sonnet in class in 45 minutes? Well maybe Bill could but for the rest of us...

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boilermaker1993 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 1, 2011 at 6:14 AM (Answer #71)

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For elementary students classwork and homework have different purposes for me. Classwork allows me to introduct topics, provide practice, and later see what a student truly knows and understands about the topic and still needs to learn. Homework is an opportunity for further practice of a skill but some students get no help while others get too much. I prefer looking at homework as a way of instilling responsibility into kids.

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jyerian | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 1, 2011 at 3:09 PM (Answer #72)

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Homework still needs to be relevant. If is used as punishment or busy work then it is counterproductive. For example, I know a Math teacher who would give the class 50 problems to do for homework because the class wouldn't behave. After 5 problems, students will start making mistakes.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 1, 2011 at 6:41 PM (Answer #73)

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There is a fundamental difference in purpose between homework and classwork.  I believe that class time is a precious scarce resource, and anything done in class has to be carefully chosen.  I use class time for assignments in which I want to guide my students, or when I want to be able to provide support as they work independently.  I also use classwork when I want to give students the option of working together or helping one another. 

Another reason for using classwork is to ensure that it is the student’s own work.  In class, you can control the access to resources and watch the process.  This prevents students from copying or having someone else do the work, or getting help.  If I grade an assignment, I want to know the conditions in which it was created.

I think homework should be used for activities that need extensive resources, or that require more time than can be taken in class.  Homework should be practice, and should be able to be done independently.  Homework that a student cannot do on his or her own defeats the purpose.  It only reinforces errors and creates negative feelings and stress for the student.

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brownl016 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 2, 2011 at 7:53 AM (Answer #75)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

Depending on your purpose, both class work and homework are beneficial.  Class work can be used as a quick assessment tool to determine if a learner is comprehending the material.  Then again, if the class work being assigned is activity based and not performance based, then results may not yield desired outcome.

Homework, in my professional opinion, is meant for practice.  If it is assigned with the intention of simply putting a grade in the grade book and to appease parents, then the approach should be reevaluated. 

Homework is really a test of comprehension.  If the student attempts to complete homework and encounters problems, then they may not have understood the material.  This could result in poor performance and test results.  Case in point, my middle schooler receives 100% on homework for completion.  However, his test results are poor.  After explaining to him that getting a 100% on homework would not mean 100% on tests (given homework grade is based on completion), he was encouraged to ask the teacher to grade his homework for accuracy.

Yes, both class work and homework is beneficial, as long as the intended results are based on assessing comprehension and understanding.

Lisa

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jek1895 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 2, 2011 at 12:49 PM (Answer #76)

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As a student, I would say in class work is better, because it teaches an immediate deadline an requires focus. If you are thinking of assignments, I would stick with in class. Projects should still be assigned as homework though.

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jojo56 | College Teacher | Honors

Posted February 2, 2011 at 4:53 PM (Answer #77)

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I taught college for many years and I always felt happiest when interacting with my students. I was fortunate in that I "owned" my teaching and could spend more time creating spaces in which thinking could occur rather than boring everyone silly with endless streams of fact – whatever that word might mean.

However, both grading my students' assignments and preparing my own lectures were essential in that I could use my time to get a sense of what my students were thinking and to mull over where I wanted to us to be next.

I think it is important that my students knew I learned from them and they often actually lead the class while I provided a bit of knowledge here and there and helped them to stay focused on whatever they were thinking. Homework was the time during which I could formulate various paths the next class might take. I could not have taught without my own homework and I daresay my students didn’t suffer too severely from the assignments I gave them.

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shahooda | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted February 2, 2011 at 7:23 PM (Answer #78)

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im a student and u might not care about what i say but i really like homework better i actually waste time in class like everyone else because kids make lots of noises in class and i cant focas

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jojo56 | College Teacher | Honors

Posted February 2, 2011 at 8:10 PM (Answer #79)

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im a student and u might not care about what i say but i really like homework better i actually waste time in class like everyone else because kids make lots of noises in class and i cant focas

Actually, I do care about what you say. After all, no teacher is hired just to be nice to the administration.

I also believe that being able to learn on your own is a valuable skill and a sign of your maturity. But you have the right to learn in your class as well. Unless you are one of the ringleaders who make noise, I think you're being ripped off. Were I you, I'd be really, really angry.

You might want to speak to your teacher about the noise. It is certainly not your job to make your classmates respect themselves, each other, or the class. But it is your right to be in an orderly class. Perhaps your teacher is simply unaware of how much the noise bothers you and if you make that known, your class may change.

I hope so, for you deserve a class in which you can learn.  

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catd1115 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted February 3, 2011 at 10:33 AM (Answer #80)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

Definitely in class work. My classroom is the primary place for the students to be learning the content I have been assigned. In the classroom they have the benefit of my knowledge as well as the ideas and cooperation of their peers. In addition some of the basic resources that are available in my classroom (dictionaries and reference materials, computers, even art supplies) just are available in the homes of many of my students. While homework is a useful tool, I think the more we become determined to do our job in the classroom, not relying on their parents or that time outside, but doing my job in the time alloted, the better teacher I become. I want my students also to be well rounded and they need their time at home to be with family and friends and participating extracurricular activities. I think it is a bigger challenge for teachers to teach their content without relying on homework, but I think it makes for better teaching and learning.

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hornballcoach33 | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 3, 2011 at 4:35 PM (Answer #81)

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I think it depends on the project and assignment. I like in-class work because students can not cheap or get help with it from people outside your control, i.e. friends or even parents.  I also like in-class work because it allows the teacher to see where the students are and if and when they need help, you can provide it. 

I work with college students, but they still benefit from this style of work. I also said that it depends on the assignment. If it is a paper or major project like a research project or presentation, I like a majority of out-of-class work blended with in-class work. 

One of the mottos of the university where I did my undergraduate program was "monitor and adjust." What that means is read your students and adjust the work to best meet their needs.  

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teacherkim61 | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 4, 2011 at 6:28 PM (Answer #82)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As both an online instructor and a teacher who uses the hybrid format, I think that it largely depends on the subject matter. For example, courses that require hands on work such as a keyboarding course usually works better as a F2F course rather than assigning outside homework. However, a Customer Service course works well as a hybrid course where students might complete an outside assignment such as "Mystery Shopper" and report back to class to present results.

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kapokkid | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 5, 2011 at 5:41 AM (Answer #83)

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I tend to think the work we do together as a class is the most important, but if students aren't reading and interacting with the world of books and writing on their own, it is very difficult to accomplish what we hope to in class.  I just hesitate to place too much emphasis on homework because I think there are too many demands on our students' time already.

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joe30pl | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 5, 2011 at 9:54 AM (Answer #84)

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Well, grade level is key. Personally I've never been a fan of homework. If you have enough time in class, I say finish up the lesson in the room.

I say leave the homework to the projects and outside reading

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seaustin88 | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 6, 2011 at 8:02 AM (Answer #85)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

  I utilize class time for overview information and introduction of a topic; then I supply homework opportunities to the students so that when the go away from the classroom, they can "test" themselves on their comprehension of the topic.  I do not take up homework to grade, but my students know that we will go over it during the next class meeting, and I expect them to participate.  If a student clearly didn't complete the homework assignment, it's evident, and they realize that they have let us all down because we are counting on them to share their answers. 

 I have the students share answers in several ways.  I make grid blocks on the board, and they are allowed to "claim" a block. Each block contains two homework exercise numbers. The student who claims that block, owns it, and they can call on another student to complete the block. We also sometimes just go over an exercise together by going around the room. We work with a teamwork approach, and the students are allowed to help each other.  This way, the students aren't intimdated if they struggle.

Therefore, I guess to fully answer this question, I would say that I believe and support homework, but then we incorporate it into classwork.  However, I don't allow class time for students to complete their work. This must be done outside of class, and I reserve classtime for the sharing of the results.

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gfurse | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 6, 2011 at 10:05 AM (Answer #86)

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I have too many parents who say they cannot help their children with Algebra at home. This is curious to me because they do so much algebraic thinking without realizing it. Yet, the concise problems in the abstract, not the story problems, intimidate them. I do give homework, but try to allow a third of my class intruction time for doing the 'homework' in class. That way students will have a teacher available to answer questions.

I also have an open-door policy of being available 30 minutes before school begins and 30 minutes after the last period (except for days of staff meetings, etc.) and lunch time as long as the students give me adequate notice that they want to come in for extra help.

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nyirishann | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 6, 2011 at 4:12 PM (Answer #87)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

Classwork is very important in the lower primary grades. Too often parents do the homework or students aren't able to receive the necessary assistance or help at home.  I do send home work but do not give it the weight of classwork.

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gr8investor | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM (Answer #89)

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As a teacher, I prefer in class work over home work. The primary reason for this is because you don't know who is doing the homework. Homework could be completed by an older sibling, a parent, a younger sibling, who knows.

As a result, when using assignments to evaluate students, it is better to use classwork than homework. The teacher then knows that the student completed the work without any assistance, and you are getting a better understanding of how the student is performing.

In addition, classwork is a very good tool that can be used as part of your classroom management plan.

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goldenlocks4 | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 8, 2011 at 7:55 PM (Answer #90)

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As a teacher and being  a student , they can learn more by being in class because they can ask  qustion and learn from the other student , alot of students  have to get one on one to get what it is you are teaching and they can not get it by doing homework at home. I real do not think that we should  not send homework  home with them, they have a enough to do at home with out stress out over homework and keeping their grades up. that is why we have so many of them killing thereself . It is so sad that we can not see this and do something about it. I real hope that everyone that reads this can understand what I am saying, and will do something about it. GOD BLESS EVERYONE WHO READS THIS AND THE ONES WHO DON'T

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pmsantan | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 10, 2011 at 12:25 PM (Answer #91)

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Classwork and homework are both important.....Classwork allows students to use a variety of tools and manipulatives in order to understand the concept(s) being taught.  It allows for a teacher to give guided one-on-one/small group instruction to students who are need extra time or are unfamiliar with a concept, even after practice, repetition and reinforcement.  Classwork also allows for differentiated instruction.  Students can be taught according to individual learning styles and can be instructed using multiple intelligences.

Homework is important to reinforce what is learned in the classroom.  However, students may not be able to receive adequate help at home.  I have had students return homework to me that is incorrect and are insistent that a parent helped them or checked their work and said it was correct. 

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elena0726 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 10, 2011 at 5:46 PM (Answer #92)

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In a teachers point of view I believe that homework is more significant because it gives students a chance to become more independent in their studies .

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sleistman | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 13, 2011 at 8:22 PM (Answer #93)

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I tend to favor classwork over homework for two reasons. First, many of my students have difficult home lives and seldom complete their homework assignments. If students are given an assignment in class, I feel that they are more likely to complete it; they do not have any outside influences getting in the way of the work. Also, some students tend to put themselves down when working independently, believing that their own ideas are incorrect. When they are in class, I am able to go around and encourage students to think for and believe in themselves. It also helps them to know that, if they are doing something incorrectly or need assistance, I will be there to scaffold them and help them complete the assignments.

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ali001 | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted February 14, 2011 at 3:19 PM (Answer #94)

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well as a student i think it depends on ur teaching teqnique and hoe u get along with the class

i think class work is the best why becaz i actually learn more than h/w

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coachd1977 | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 15, 2011 at 5:05 AM (Answer #95)

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I think that classwork is the best way to go. When I was assigning tons of homework many of my students were taking zero's for the assignments because they would not do the homework. I found that this was negatively affecting my students overall grades because not only were the zero's hurting them but they were also not prepared for the tests. Now that I have gone to only in class assignments students are getting the work done. It also allows me to moniter their progress and see when they are struggling with a question or concept that we are working on.  

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kellyeller | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted February 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM (Answer #96)

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I think it depends on the student population as well.  In my school, there is little to no support at home.  Homework is just extra work for the kids and for me.  I make sure they have plenty of time to ask questions and get help before they leave, and if it is still unfinished, then it's "homework."  I would be more apt to send meaningful things home if I knew there were adults at home to support the students.

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hypiexky19 | Student, College Freshman | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2011 at 3:19 PM (Answer #97)

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In my part as a student, I believe the classwork is better than homework.  Let us look at this way, in homework, students like us tend to study the lesson and oftentimes discover to ourselves other related things or a more convenient way about the lesson. Like for example in math, we need practice for solving problems and through practice somehow, we may learn the application and we can even formulate shortcuts for such equation. But Isaw some disadvantages in homework especially in terms of time. Us studetns have different courses/subjects to study and one homework for each subject is very time consuming especially when you go to school at 7 and the school is off at 5:30 (not included the time when you have to cook food for yourself because you're living in a boarding house). Classworks on the other hand, do encourage us students to participate (especially when teachers are approachable and motivating); hence, we are able to learn in the lesson. And group leaders alo act as teachers helping us to understand the lesson effectively. Different minds from different members of the group enable us to choose what is the best to approach the problem. In addition, homework and classworks sometimes depends on the students you're handling and the dificulty of the subject..

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lbreiterrbcs | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM (Answer #98)

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Homework is an important extension of the work done in class.  In the classroom, students can have problems and skills modelled by teachers and shared by classmates.  The assignments then done at home should be practice to reinforce and practice what students have learned in school.  Do you know the old saying, "Practice makes perfect"? Well, it is true!

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yiteach | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2011 at 10:35 AM (Answer #99)

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I believe it is a combination of both. Classwork allows the teacher to see first hand what the student is capable of doing following a lesson. Homework is an extension of what the student has learned in the class. The two should work hand in hand if the teacher has presented both in the correct way. If a student is struggling with homework, maybe there needs to be some re-teaching the next day in class. One way is to begin the homework in class, so the student is clear about what needs to be completed. Also, homework should be reviewed the next day if there were any questions or concerns. Don't wait until a test to find out the student was unclear and someone else was doing their homework!

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bloo2701 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 16, 2011 at 5:07 PM (Answer #100)

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in class work is good, but whatever is not finished in class should become homework bcuz there are days one cant focus in class but have enrgy at home, or days that you dont have time for homework so you finish the work in class... :)

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gjames18 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM (Answer #101)

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as classwork i like group assignments or when the teacher explains it better than just giving me the work and expecting me to do it

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oyenike | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 18, 2011 at 12:22 AM (Answer #102)

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i prefer both, as far as am concern both have their benefits.

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prashant86 | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted February 18, 2011 at 8:42 AM (Answer #103)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

if u want to be good in teaching or u want perfection or growth in teaching field u should concentrate more on class work despite of concentrating on homework....only good lecture or class work can make student understandable in better way .....so i thought a teacher should concentrate more on class work.

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lpujo1 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 20, 2011 at 2:37 AM (Answer #104)

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I support classwork. I don't agree on homework.

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lindalou2 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM (Answer #105)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

  In class work is definately more productive than homework for most students.  The teacher is readily available for extra help or to answer any questions or concerns.  I worry that homework is not always done solely by the student, but that parents often give answers to help their child get finished quickly.  Also, many students are very involved in afterschool activities, and homework is done in a hurried fashion, or even late at night when the child is tired.

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academicsfirst | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted February 23, 2011 at 4:51 AM (Answer #106)

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As a math teacher, both classwork and homework have equal value.  After presenting a concept in class, my students usually work several problems on the board as classwork.  Then, if time permits, they begin their homework.  The goal, however, is not to finish the assignment before leaving.  It simply gives students  time to ask a few questions after they have started their homework independently.

I think that homework is a MUST in any subject.  It gives the student an opportunity to "digest" the material that was presented in class.  It informs the student, parents, and teacher of the student's long range understanding of the concept(s).

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wfen278741 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM (Answer #107)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

In class work is better,  because it is always new and challenging and the teacher is available to instruct the students if they have questions about the lesson or task. 

However, homework is necessary on some occasions, if it appears that the students are having comprehension problems and additional out of class work is needed to foster complete comprehension of the training task.

In conclusion, in class work for students, under a teacher's supervision and guidance is more needed for the student's complete comprehension of the materials being taught to the students.

 

 

 

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mwuest | Middle School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 1, 2011 at 10:26 AM (Answer #108)

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Both types of work have their benefits.  If the purpose of the assignment is to provide extra practice and you are not taking a grade on the assignment, then that could be used as homework.  Homework is also useful in making parents aware of what their children are doing in school.  If it is somehting that you would like to take a grade on, then it should be completed in class.  By doing this you ensure a couple of things.  1)  You are there to provide support if needed, 2)  The chances of it "getting lost" are slim and completion is almost always guaranteed, and 3)  You are providing a safe, quiet environment in which the student can complete the work and not be interrupted.

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elsap | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted March 1, 2011 at 11:15 AM (Answer #109)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

It is better to do class work. If the student needs your help he/she will most likely get the answer wrong if you aren't there to help them. So it is better to do class work instead of assigning homework.

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ashaffe6 | Elementary School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 1, 2011 at 4:39 PM (Answer #110)

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Both classwork and homework have benefits and challenges. I think the best way to go with this is to know your students first, especially in the upper elementary and high school grades. Homework should be an extension of the classwork, but not to the point where students feel that they are sitting in school again for another 2 hours when they get home. I am a believer in letting kids be kids. Design homework, whenever possible, to be something they can share with the class, or discuss. Make the homework meaningful.

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mitchrich4199 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted March 2, 2011 at 11:05 AM (Answer #111)

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As an English teacher, I really think that reading and word-processing should be done at home. Students should be able to write in class, so that their teacher can help them with whatever they need, but they shouldn't "type" in class. That is something that can be done at home.

As far as reading goes, I think the students should be able to read now and again for big chunks of time - at least 25 -30 minutes, depending on the interest and maturity of the kids. That is something that has to be gauged by the teacher.

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rioaguilar | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 3, 2011 at 4:19 AM (Answer #112)

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Class work definitely, but when the time comes that you have already put into your student the discipline and willingness to learn the subject be confident to give a homework, the student will surely look at both classwork and homework as a challenge.

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cleisure | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted March 4, 2011 at 8:58 PM (Answer #113)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

Research supports both arguments for and against homework.  As American families become busier and busier, and more economically distressed, it is my belief that families simply do not have time in their evenings to spend on much other than dinner, baths, and bedtimes. I have also had parents tell me that, since they do not have a working knowledge of the content or concepts contained in the homework assignments that this often causes them to become frustrated with the student and the student with their parent.

I believe, however, that independent work is important for the student.  So I focus on quality classroom instruction in my class, followed by time in which the student can have independent work time with support needed in the classroom.

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kinnkit | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted March 5, 2011 at 1:06 PM (Answer #114)

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Both have their advantages and disadvantages. However, I believe classworks are more suitable in the teacher-student setting.

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brook51681 | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 6, 2011 at 4:01 PM (Answer #115)

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well im a student and i say in class work is better because when we get home we dont want to do stupid home work or what ever we wanna hang out with our friends and go out side or burn of energy or even work out. any ways thats t my p.o.v. ( point of veiw) but also it is easyer in class becasue you can always get help from a teacher or student but parent cant always help you. and in class work would be better for teachers too because when i student is at home they can always look up things on the computer.......like me :)

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janbanks | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted March 13, 2011 at 4:30 PM (Answer #116)

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Both types of work are important in almost all levels.  In first year, grade 9 classes, I emphasize in class work and it is important, especially with my less capable students. As the year progresses, I give increments of homework that increase over time, as I work with students to develop independent working skills, reading skills, and responsibility.  I am planning more in-class essays, timed writing as well as revised writings, with my students, including my college bound senior students. With the upper level students, this allows me opportunities to deliver and ask students to practice more strategies in writing, for pre-writing to final drafting, as well as to observe students writing and see their true abilities as well as hear their voices in their work.  The use of Internet sources for critical essays, thesis ideas, critical views of works, and examples of support, as well as pieces of creative writing, is becoming increasingly dominant in our classes.  Students see these resources as readily available and thus legitimately available for copying, paraphrasing, and modifying for their own work.  I do still give outside work and do believe students need to be assigned challenging reading assignments and some writing assignments to do on their own.

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adlen | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 16, 2011 at 7:27 AM (Answer #117)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

My advice is both are good .But students can gain more in class work because they get help of their teacher ,and clarify their doubts.

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ngarci20 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 17, 2011 at 11:52 AM (Answer #118)

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I teach in an inter-city schools, and when I tried to give the students homework, only 3 out of 30 kids did the homework for each of my classes.

 

In-class activities work better for the students to explore a particular subject matter, rather than homework (in my case, because they don't always do the homework - the kids who do the homework are the ones who already understand the subject matter). It is good to send out a homework but for me, it is only for extra credit.

 

 

 

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lchomay | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 22, 2011 at 8:04 AM (Answer #119)

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I don't think it is a matter of drawbacks rather a matter of perks.

Classroom work can cultivate many new learning spaces, a culture of understanding and sharing, group involvement and social activity. I love varying my students individual/partner/group classroom work and seeing what works best for that environment.

Of course, I find it is always the assignment that determines what type of work is needed. Any "project" or assignment that requires multiple days to complete, I like to vary both home and class work. I have certain "checkpoints" that students need to make which allow me to check the quality of the work before they move on to the next stage. Completed checkpoints are usually rewarded with marks, and students who do not complete them must continue working on their current stage of the project without checkpoint marks, putting in extra effort in class (which is monitored) to make the next checkpoint.

I like using this method because it varies the two, and allows myself to monitor both classroom and home work. In a sense, it also helps to condition students to the quality of homework needing to be produced. And in the end, contributes to better overall product.

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q30r9m3 | Student, Grade 9 | Salutatorian

Posted March 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM (Answer #120)

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Classwork, because the student can recieve gelp from the teacher.

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thegamecreator | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted March 25, 2011 at 5:12 AM (Answer #121)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a student I find it easier to understand the topic the teacher is well teaching us via classroom discussions. Yet at the same time in-class work mostly includes just copying down from the board and most students to not "click" with the topic being explained, this is in Australia anyway.

Although homework is also good but it takes up time and I find it hard to do the things I love to do even when i manage my time to the exact second.

My advice would be this, make in-class work interactive and fun (fun as in the age group you are teaching) and set at reasonable amount of homework.

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Posted March 30, 2011 at 5:35 AM (Answer #122)

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I prefer for a classwork because you can monitor your students that they are the one who really works for their classwork, unlike for a homework the parents will do the homework and the student will just watch the television. . .pmp courses , pmp certification

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cocondy | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 2, 2011 at 10:54 PM (Answer #123)

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As a teacher, what is better -- in class work or homework?

As a student, I see both of them as important. Class work provides understanding of the material and homework provides practice on solving different types of problems using what I already learned in class.

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pammyteacher-rocks | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 3, 2011 at 3:53 PM (Answer #124)

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Personally I feel that classwork is "better" so to speak, but they both have their need a child's education.  At school, the teacher is able to monitor while the child is working and help clear up any confusion.  Then you're able to determine what needs to be done for each child individually regarding them with particular skills.  Homework may or may not be attempted and/or correct.  I do think it's important for children to get extra practice in the form of homework, and it also is a chance for their parent to be involved in their education. 

In my classroom, I teach as if the child has no one at home to help him/her and not to depend on their homework completion to determine if they know the skills.  Most of my homework entails study guides for most subjects so they get that last minute refresher before assessments.  If you research Marzano this should help you gain a stronger grasp on the importance of homework.

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weisel-elie | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 4, 2011 at 12:51 PM (Answer #125)

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Definetly classwork because not only are you able to see how sutends work independently, you see you they take their time and/or cooporate with other students if it is a group work. For all we know, homework could be done of the interent or with a great deed of help from the parent!

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fernholz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted April 5, 2011 at 9:31 AM (Answer #126)

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Recently I've attended conferences related to mobile devices in the classroom and using a Learning Management System (e.g. Moodle). Teachers are really moving into online learning within the classroom. It seems like students benefit more by viewing the lesson at home through a LMS and then having homework help in class by the teacher/assistants, etc. No one in my school has tried that, but next year we are doing a 1 to 1 iPad initiative for our 4th grade students and they'll do more online learning-viewing the lessons at home, communicating through Moodle, homework in school.

 

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jdjames | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 7, 2011 at 9:12 PM (Answer #127)

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I agree that classwork is of better learning value than homework.  Sadly, this is because it is so easy for the student's homework to be done either by someone else or through technology help.  Therefore, most of the homework I assign is either reading or assignments of smaller weight. 

As an English teacher, I would rather it take us a week in class to write an essay so that I can be sure it is the student's best work than have them write it at home overnight and always wonder about it. 

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bigdreams1 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted April 8, 2011 at 5:58 PM (Answer #128)

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I generally prefer classwork to homework, because then I am available to answer questions and help students when they get stuck.

I am intrigued by the new philosophy from companies like the Khan Academy.  Their idea is to "flip" the traditional classroom model so that the lectures are watched at home through video links like Youtube, and then the homework is done in class so that instructors will be available to help.  This solves the problem of the student who goes home and gets lost and does it wrong and is twice as confused when he gets back to school the next day.

I will start to implement that next year in my classroom partially, because the idea makes sense to me. Just think of all the reteaching time we could save if we could catch misconceptions in the classroom right after the first question on the topic!

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toya11 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 10, 2011 at 1:25 PM (Answer #129)

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For me as a student I believe in class work is better because you can be hands on with your teachers and other students, but I also believe that homework gives you a little extra practice without anyones help to let you know that you understand what you have been taught. 

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yuyudisk | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 14, 2011 at 12:36 AM (Answer #130)

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Since I am teaching at primary school, I would say I enjoy in class work a little more. The interaction with the students and seeing their effort makes me very happy.

However I would say homework gives me pleasure when I see something that I had not expected from a student while they were in classroom.

So I believe that they are both needed somehow...:)

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rayray7623 | Student | eNoter

Posted May 26, 2011 at 8:14 PM (Answer #131)

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Classwork is so much better. First of all a lot of times students fail to do their homework. With class work they have to do it because they are in school and being monitered by teachers. Second a lot of families have busy lives. Homework adds stress to the situation. Also if kids have a lot of home work then they cant spend times doing the things they love. Finally, kids enjoy classwork more. Have you ever had a class that didn't complain about homework? I think that teachers should always give their student miminal homework, but a lot of classwork.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted June 1, 2011 at 11:47 PM (Answer #134)

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While I remember having lots of homework as a high school student (early 90s), my children (7th and 8th graders) do not. I also, as a teacher, do not assign much homework. I have a few reasons for this.  First, when my children actually have homework, I find it relatively difficult to remember how to do some of the things they are working on.  I cannot tell you how many times I have called a fellow teacher, in a field outside of mine, to help ME with my childrens' homework.  Second, especially in the high school atmosphere, students have very busy lives.  Work, extra-curricular activities, and social activities take up much of our children and students' lives.  Lastly, I find that work is completed better if it is actually done in the classroom.  Students can ask questions and get immediate answers.  While some may disagree, I believe that homework is something to be completed if they could not complete the work in class.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 12, 2011 at 2:25 PM (Answer #135)

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Teachers need to use a combination of in-class work and homework.  You are never going to get everything done in class.  But you should not let students do everything at home, because you can't control the environment or how original the work is.

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