Homework has become a very “hot” topic in the ed biz lately. There’s lots of controversy about its importance and effectiveness, particularly at the elementary level. At the very least, there’s compelling evidence to suggest that the traditional worksheet approach really doesn’t do very much to enhance our students’ understanding of the content we’ve taught. Many educators have re-thought their practices and if they’re giving homework at all, it’s much more creative and engaging than a spelling assignment. There’s an educator/author I follow named Dave Burgess. His book, entitled “Teach Like a Pirate” is known for making the case that student engagement is enhanced by teacher passion and enthusiasm. He can be very provocative on many topics and homework isn’t an exception. Click the link below to view his short video on homework. It’s entitled “Empty Kids Into the Gift Shop” and he uses theme park marketing as his inspiration for what educators need to do with homework assignments. It’s getting a lot of buzz on Twitter, so I thought
I’d share it. Let me know what you think about the spirit of what he’s describing.