Today’s blog post is going to be about the negative aspects of giving out homework to your students from first hand experience. In my previous practicum class, my teacher explained why she didn’t give out homework with a triangle diagram that looked like this:
The students are at the top of the diagram, with the teacher and the parents at the bottom.
- When you give out homework that a student may not fully understand, the student is often not happy with the teacher.
- When they ask their parents for help, the parent could end up confusing the student more by teaching them a different way than they were taught in class. The student ends up being more confused and when they come back to class with their homework wrong or incomplete, then the teacher gets angry at the student.
- Meanwhile, the parent is angry with the teacher because their child is not fully understanding the concepts.
- The teacher then becomes angry at the parent for teaching their student something completely different.
Overall, homework can cause a big mess, so my teacher just stuck to silent read for 30 minutes every night. She also mentioned that even when she did give out homework, it would come back to school incomplete most of the time so it was a waste of time. The students who didn’t really need to be doing the homework would do it, but the students who really did need to be doing it, didn’t do it.