I assign almost no written homework

Jump to Last Post 1-6 of 6 discussions (13 posts)
  1. artlader profile image59
    artladerposted 7 years ago

    I have been reading through the education-related posts in the forums here at Hubpages. Very interesting and often entertaining.

    I do have a question, though.

    I teach high school German and I assign almost no written homework.

    My students are supposed to study 15 - 20 minutes a night and put in extra time before a big test.

    That's it, with very few exceptions throughout the year.

    That really seems like enough to me and my students generally do quite well.

    If I were teaching your child, would this homework policy upset you?

    Just wondering.

    Thanks,
    Art

    1. artlader profile image59
      artladerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      On the other hand, there is this -- http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142 … 98754.html

      Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior

      A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents do to produce so many math whizzes and music prodigies, what it's like inside the family, and whether they could do it too. Well, I can tell them...

  2. KristenGrace profile image60
    KristenGraceposted 7 years ago

    Not at all.

    In my experience, many teachers don't realize or take into account how much other teachers give for homework on a nightly basis.  If the students are succeeding, don't question your methods.

    1. Rafini profile image86
      Rafiniposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Good answer!

      I was going to say something completely different, but I gotta agree with you - don't question success!

      1. KristenGrace profile image60
        KristenGraceposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks, Rafini!  Glad I'm not alone with that response smile

      2. artlader profile image59
        artladerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you, Rafini.

        Yep, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

        Regards,
        Art

    2. artlader profile image59
      artladerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for that response, KristenGrace.

      My students have seven classes a day. Even if they had only fifteen to twenty minutes of homework in each class, that would be a couple of hours every evening.

      And they're kids. They need time to be kids.

      Regards,
      Art

  3. Evan G Rogers profile image74
    Evan G Rogersposted 7 years ago

    The problem with that system is that there's no evidence that they did anything.

    It's not necessarily true, but they probably go home and just ignore their "practice" and play video games.

    That means that they might be holding back your lessons because they aren't performing as well.

    But not assigning homework isn't such a nutty idea. It's catching on.

    1. artlader profile image59
      artladerposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You are absolutely right about not having evidence that they did anything, Evan. I would never dispute that.

      What I have observed, however, is that the "evidence" that they did my written homework was not terribly reliable. Many students run their stuff through online translators or copy each from their classmates during lunch or during other classes.

      Basically, if you do not do it in front of me, I cannot know that you really did it yourself.

      However, I still have classroom performance and the results of tests and quizzes to go by.

      You are right, though. It's far from a perfect solution.

      I have done it this way for many years, though, and it seems to work out pretty well.

      Thank you for posting, Evan.

      Regards,
      art

      1. arizonataylor profile image80
        arizonataylorposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I've seen so many teachers assign homework, but they don't take advantage of time in class.  Success doesn't necessarily mean homework.  If time in class is utilized, less homework is necessary.  That being said, I'm certainly not opposed to meaningful homework that doesn't require too much time to do.

        Ultimately, each teacher is different.  Some great teachers assign no homework, and others assign daily homework.  It all depends on how and what the teacher teaches.

  4. kateperez profile image67
    kateperezposted 6 years ago

    The question is good.  I think that if someone is capable of teaching the children adequately so that when they leave the class for the year they can repeat the processes learned during class time then homework is not so necessary.

    Reinforcement is never a bad thing, but if you treat your students with attention and respect while they are in your class, they are likely to take advantage of the class time to get the most out of the lessons.

    Heck, I think that foreign languages, especially not the *standard* Spanish (and sometimes French) are kind of cool and give many students the opportunity to talk in front of others or write secret notes without being found-out.  You sound like you've got a good method.

    I would not be upset if you did not give my children homework as long as they were proving that they knew what you were teaching, which is the "practice" you are asking for.

  5. Paul Kuehn profile image94
    Paul Kuehnposted 6 years ago

    I have been teaching English as a Foreign Language in Thailand now for about 4 years.  In the private all-girls school where I teach maybe 20-25 percent of the kids will turn in any homework which I assign.  For that reason, I try to reserve at least 10-15 minutes each day for the girls to work on individual exercises which I go around to check.  I have to go through material at a slower pace, but at least I have some feedback as to which students understand and which need extra help.

  6. Sneha Sunny profile image88
    Sneha Sunnyposted 6 years ago

    the only aim of homework is to make the students learn. but if your students are doing good without homework then I don't think they need to be assigned some home work.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)