Welcome to my first blog post. I will endeavour to post here every week on a topic connected with education. I will aim to talk about something topical each week. I also want to educate you in some way as well make you smile or even laugh.
The subject of homework divides almost everybody. Some teachers give it out EVERY week whilst others less often. Some students do it religiously whilst others moan when it is mentioned by teachers or parents. Some parents insist upon it whilst others dislike it as much as their children. One thing we can all agree on is that homework is a divisive subject.
As a teacher myself I have had countless debates with students about the merits of doing homework. At times I have enjoyed setting it and very occasionally I have enjoyed marking what has been handed in. Some schools are very school strict with enforcing its setting and completion. A few brave school have stopped it altogether. One school in Dubai however has decided to make it optional. It is mandatory for Maths and English but in other subjects the students choose whether they want to do it.
When I have taken this stance I have often received much better quality work. One such year 8 class I taught a few years ago were given the option of making a model of a World War One trench. Most of the models I got back were excellent. One such model was so good the History Department have kept it and now use at annual open evenings.
What are your thoughts on this subject?
The amusing side of exams.
Tea Time TED
See you next week.