Takeaway Homework

Fed up with marking 60 responses to the same homework task?  Frustrated by the fact that some students just don’t seem to understand what they’re supposed to do?  Generally struggling to feel positive about it all?  This idea from @TeacherToolkit may just be what you need …

Rather than setting all of your students the same homework tasks week in week out, give them an element of choice from time to time.  Prepare a range of activities which vary in nature and depth of challenge, and let the pupils choose which one they wish to do.  On the Takeaway menu below [click to enlarge], the level of challenge is represented by the chilli peppers.  The tasks it contains are fairly generic, but there’s no reason at all why you couldn’t create some which are more subject-specific or which relate to particular course objectives.

Of course, it’s tempting to assume that pupils will always opt for the simplest task, but experience suggests otherwise: pupils prefer to choose activities which will engage and stretch them, and frequently surprise their teachers with the work they produce.  However, just to be on the safe side, some teachers will insist that over the course of a term, a certain number of extra-spicy tasks are attempted!

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