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									  Is Homework Busy Work or
Does it Help Students to Learn?




      EDU 361: The Art and Practice of Teaching
 Is Homework Busy Work or
Does it Help Students to Learn?
                 Introduction
                     • Homework is such a waste of time!
                     • Homework helps students to develop
                     study skills!
                     • Homework is just another form of
                     punishment!
                     • Homework involves a faily in their
                     child’s education!
                     • I forgot!
                     • Homework counts as part of your
                     grade!

     Materials      Round One     Round Two     Round Three
       Is Homework Busy Work or
      Does it Help Students to Learn?
                           Print Materials

   Introduce the major supporting
    arguments.
   Present clear but distinctive alternative
    positions.
   Only provide limited background
    information.
   Can be reviewed by a team in 15-20
    minutes.




Introduction                      Round One     Round Two   Round Three
    Suggestions
   The purpose of a structured debate is not to beat the opposing
    team but to achieve consensus through compromise.
   Be critical of people’s ideas not the people themselves.
   During large group forums, only one person can speak at a time.
   No interruptions are permitted when arguments are being
    presented.
   Paraphrase when you want to be sure that you clearly understand
    something.
   All time limits must be strictly followed.
   Every person on the team should speak during the debate.
    Is Homework Busy Work or
   Does it Help Students to Learn?
                      Round One
  1. Understand the Position: 15-20 minutes.
     Each team reviews the information package and
      prepares compelling arguments that support the
      position to which they have been assigned.
  2. Present the Position: 6-10 minutes.
     Each team offers its opinions and arguments. The
      other team listens carefully without interruption.
  3. Open Discussion Forum: 5 minutes.
     During this stage students ask clarifying
      questions, look for evidence, and search for
      meaning.


Introduction     Materials                      Round Two   Round Three
     Is Homework Busy Work or
    Does it Help Students to Learn?
                        Round Two
  1. Switch Positions: 5 minutes.
   Students physically shift into the seats formerly
     occupied by the other team.
   Teams develop an argument for the opposite
     perspective.
  3. Present the Position: 6 minutes.
   Each team offers opinions and arguments while the
     other team listens carefully without interruption.
  4. Open Discussion Forum: 2 minutes.
   Students ask clarifying questions, look for evidence,
     and search for meaning.

Introduction     Materials       Round One                  Round Three
Is Homework Busy Work or
  Does it Help Students to
           Learn?
                 Round Three
  1. Reach Consensus: 5 minutes.
   Both teams meet to reach a single, mutually
     acceptable position.
   Write the compromise position on the board
     or on chart paper.




Introduction    Materials      Round One      Round Two

								
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