Too much homework
Short clip of the story
This theme encourages students to produce arguments and counter arguments and be able to justify their opinions with regards to homework and leisure time.
A stimulating lessons based on students developing their skills of reasoning and prioritising to understand why they receive homework.
By the end of the lesson, ALL students will learn: That homework is a necessary part of school life and why it is important to prioritise their time.
By the end of the lesson, MOST students should learn: Homework is essential and needs to be planned into an after school schedule that they are responsible for.
By the end of the lesson, SOME students could learn: To create a school/life balance and prioritise their time accordingly. This will include them making judgements.
Activities for the lesson
Equipment required: ICT Internet / projector, Whiteboard, Printed handouts, Sticky notes
Using Handout 1 - Diamond 9, students to complete a ranking exercise to establish what their priorities are when they go home from school.
This will be revisited at the end of the lesson.
Teacher to introduce lesson objective; to explain the reasons for receiving homework and be able to develop a work/life balance, and discuss with the class how many students had homework in their top 5 of the Diamond 9.
Students to watch the video clip at the top of this page.
Teacher to facilitate a brief discussion concerning the story and ask if the students agree with the girl in the video.
What are the effects of homework?
In groups or as a whole class, students to work on Handout 2 - Placemat on What are the effects of homework?.
Students to write individual ideas on sticky notes and put them on the placemat; there are four sections so students can begin to group their ideas. The placemat can be printed onto A3 and laminated for future use.
This activity encourages students to share ideas in a constructive and visual manner. It provides a base for students to question each other's ideas. Once ideas are agreed on they move the relevant sticky notes to the middle section in order to answer the question.
Group to feedback, sharing ideas with the rest of the class.
Students to complete the table on Handout 4 - Spare time working out how much leisure/spare time they have per day.
Students to complete the timetable on Handout 4 - Spare time to determine how they will spread their time equally and responsibly over a period of a week. Teacher to advise of a life/work balance which will also have to be formulated/maintained over the coming years.
In pairs or small groups, students to write their own school manifesto on Handout 5 - Manifesto concerning the homework policy e.g. when, how much, are specific subjects allowed to give more homework than others?
Students to complete another Diamond 9 using Handout 1 - Diamond 9 to see whether their priorities have changed.
Feedback to the whole class.
Key skills and learning skills
- Application of number
- Problem solving
- Working with others
- Improving own performance
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Exploring meaning
- Research skills
- Presentation skills
- Sharing learning objectives
- Use of questioning
- Effective feedback
- Pupil self assessment
- Peer assessment
- Ongoing assessment
- Adjusting teaching/reviewing