I have a question that I'd like to ask my boss, but I figured I'd ask you first. Ready?
It's about homework......
|How some of our kids undoubtedly feel about homework...|
Is it possible for 10yr old children to select their homework from a list of tasks, daily, and thus choose what they do each afternoon for 20-30 mins?
Can a 10yr old kid handle some autonomy over his/her own homework?
See... I don't want to be the one setting my students work. I want to be the one offering a range of opportunities and resources. I want to let my kids follow their passion and work on things they feel will help them to become the person they want to be. Just tell me if you think I'm being a hippy, lefty or dreamer.
|The dog ate my homework? No... this man's JOB is to eat dogs!|
Don't get me wrong here... I want these kids working every day for the prescribed time. I actually buy the idea that it prepares them for the future of ... hard work. I believe in doing work at home. I just don't believe in 'homework'. I believe wholeheartedly in reading and my kidlets MUST read for 20 mins - either as part of a longer task or 20 minutes stand-alone.
SO... check out this list of activities that I'd like to propose tomorrow for possible 'learn at home' time.
1. Complete any work from class which you know you need to complete.
2. Log on to the Writer's Club (an international writing blog which we belong to), create, read and comment.
3. Mathletics training in disciplines which challenge you.
4. Dancemat Typing.
5. Find a wonder from Wonderopolis.com and research fully.
6. Think of your own wonder and research as much as you can.
7. Genuine language learning using loteonline.com.
8. Write a chapter synopsis or a book review of a book you are reading.
9. Create art.
10. Negotiate something amazing with me that I've not thought of.
|Won't accept the time-honoured excuse...|
Few simple rules:1. Do something well.2. Be ready to share.3. Don't repeat any task in a week.
If your kid was in 4RB, would you see this as a cop-out, or as something that gave your child real preparation for the real world? Is this something happening in schools everywhere and I am just not up with the program? Would you give this 'the ok' if YOU were my boss?
Your two cents or twenty kopins are not only welcomed, but needed.
Xie Xie Ni. Zai Jian.