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Making Homework Matter

Making Homework Matter

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There was an interesting opinion piece in the New York Times entitled "The Trouble with Homework" that essentially says that homework, and compliance with homework would improve if homework itself were changed up a bit to be more thoughtful. Jenifer and I discussed this in our book- The Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists, coming up with at least 8 ideas on how teachers could begin to differentiate homework in the classroom. But I know everyone here has their own ideas on how they would change homework, for kids, parents and teachers. What are your ideas to personalize and differentiate homework? What makes this difficult to do in your classroom? If you asked kids for honest feedback about homework, and for support for their decision, what do you think they'd say?

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