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