1st Edition

12 Characteristics of Deliberate Homework

By Erik Youngman Copyright 2020
    150 Pages 157 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    150 Pages 157 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    150 Pages 157 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

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    Learn how to assign homework that truly enhances learning and isn't just busywork. This important book defines what deliberate homework looks like and provides relevant, actionable suggestions to guide your homework decisions. You'll uncover how to think through these 12 characteristics of homework:

    • reasonable completion time

    • the right level of complexity

    • appropriate frequency

    • serves a specific purpose

    • aligns with learning targets

    • guided by a learning mindset

    • contains a thoughtful format

    • fits the learning sequence

    • communicated clearly

    • followed by feedback

    • uses grades to guide progress

    • implementation is consistent

    For each feature, the author includes strategies and tools appropriate for all grade levels. The book also includes self-assessments and reflective questions so you can work on the book independently or with colleagues in professional development sessions.

    Introduction I Reasonable Homework 1 Completion Time 2 Complexity 3 Frequency II Meaningful Homework 4 Purpose 5 Learning Targets 6 The Learning Mindset 7 Format 8 Sequence III Informative Homework 9 Communication 10 Feedback 11 Grading Criteria IV Consistent Homework 12 Implementation Conclusion


    Erik Youngman has been in educational leadership for more than 19 years. He is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for Libertyville District 70 in Libertyville, Illinois. Previously, he served as a principal in Libertyville as well as an assistant principal and teacher in Gurnee, Illinois. You can connect with him via Twitter: @Erik_Youngman.