When the homework environment is organized and managed effectively, students know what to expect, begin working promptly in their designated space, and are less prone to distraction.Routines, clear expectations, and well thought-out space configurations reduce behavior problems and disruptions, leading to more productive use of time and increased achievement.
When the homework environment is organized and managed effectively, students know what to expect, begin working promptly in their designated space, and are less prone to distraction.
In the video, a Title I classroom provides a quiet place for students to get one-on-one help with the instructor.
A regular classroom provides a space for students to talk about assignments and work collaboratively.
Some instructors are school-day teachers and are able to provide help with specific content-related problems.
How do you use questioning techniques to draw out student thinking and help them find their own answers to problems?
The purpose of this section is to explore some of the skills and procedures shown in the video vignette Managing and Organizing the Homework Environment.
In the video, you can see how a real afterschool program implements elements of this Homework practice.
All students rotate between the classroom and quiet room to maximize their study experience. If they finish before the homework portion of the afterschool program is over—or do not have homework on that particular day—they can move to another space and work on education-based games either individually or in groups. Sometimes instructors ask open-ended questions to elicit student thinking about the problem they are working on.
At other times, instructors ask questions to assess student understanding and comprehension.
You may want to watch the video once prior to reading this section so that you can become acquainted with how the featured afterschool program organizes its homework center and manages homework help. Next, read about suggested ideas in Build Your Homework Help Practiceand answer the accompanying questions. Compare the strategies that the instructors use in the video with your own current practice.
At the Hillside Elementary School Program in Berlin, New Hampshire, fourth through sixth grade students receive homework assistance in a range of subjects based on the school-day curriculum for that grade level.