No Series: Efficient & Meaningful Homework Review

Efficient & Meaningful Homework Review

Lesson Objective: Groups compare homework to share strategies and learn from each other
All Grades / All Subjects / Homework


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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. What are the advantages of using this homework routine?
  2. How does this process encourage student accountability?
  3. Notice how the use of small groups increases both the efficiency and effectiveness of reviewing homework.?


  • Private message to Maria Gonzalez Aguilera

I really enjoyed the video and how you have the student do peer homework. I agree with this video it does teach the students to be accountable and responsible but they also learn new ways that they might find easy or less complex to get the correct answers. although my questions what would you do to prevent from students not doing the homework routine? 

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  • Private message to Cheryl Tomlin

This sounds like a great strategy for making homework more meaningful and helpful in learning and retaining the skills practiced. Question: How do you prevent students from not doing their homework, and using the time in class when they are supposed to be reviewing their answers to copy from their classmates? We have a huge cheating problem at my high school, so I'd love to hear some ideas! 

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  • Private message to Bryce Jensen
I think this strategy would work well in a high school math class, or any class where there is a lot of practice homework that students tend to neglect.
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  • Private message to subertina panjaitan
i was so inspired by assigning homework as a routine. this way students are trained to think critically and take responsibility for their homework completed. when they answer differently then they would talk to each other in the group and exchanged answers, share problem-solving strategies that they have agreed to the correct answer. Interestingly, it is this which makes the effectiveness of reviewing homework. I think this is a very good idea. Thank you so much.
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  • Interviewer: Okay, so you have your homework out from last night?

    Interviewee: Yeah.

    Interviewer: So please take a few moments to go

    Interviewer: Okay, so you have your homework out from last night?

    Interviewee: Yeah.

    Interviewer: So please take a few moments to go over it at your tables.

    Every time they come into my class, they come in the same way. That is, they come in, they write down the homework, and they take out last night’s homework and begin to compare their work. They look over their homework so they’re comparing answers, and if there’s ever a disagreement, then they work together to come to an agreement if there is one right answer. If not, they’re just sharing their strategies. Then, after a few minutes of doing that, I’ll take questions, any outstanding questions that they may have.

    Interviewee: You could’ve picked whichever of them make, takes or adds.

    Interviewer: Or adds, exactly. That’s how I started by saying that there is more than one answer.

    For the most part, they tend to resolve things in their group, but often there are questions at the end, and so I’ll take those as a whole class. It makes the homework meaningful and not just “Something I have to do every night and my teacher collects and does I don’t know what with it.” It keeps them accountable to each other. It also keeps the rest of the class from not having to listen to the one person who has the one question and the other 20 of us have to sit there and listen and watch me go over something they already understand.

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