A homework club at school is an extremely effective way to help pupils with their homework. I have taught many homework clubs, some voluntary and where struggling students have been specifically invited (it can be hard as the ones that need it most are often the least willing to attend). This thorough article runs through everything you need to consider to create your own, effective homework club.
Whilst many parents are supportive and do their best to support their children, some may be doing more harm than good. I have found this set of simple steps a useful resource when giving an information evening to parents. Use these tips to create your own guide for your group of parents based around your style of homework setting and your expectations.
Salman Khan began tutoring his younger cousins online through his own YouTube channel. He then found that other students were also learning from him. From there he has gone on to create Khan Academy, an online based learning centre. As teachers you can create 'classes' and add students so your pupils can complete tasks online. There is also an app available making it easily accessible.
In a world of digitalization we can often forget the simplicity of pen and paper, and of course the homework folder! Reading this teacher's experience made me remember how simple the advice is and how effective a homework folder can be, not only for ease of marking, but I truly think it can promote good organization skills in students.
We sometimes forget the hurdles that young people have to overcome in order to complete their homework; every home scenario is different. This article highlights some of those hurdles as well as offering useful advice on ways to address them.
Almost every teacher dedicates themselves to homework, we know of its importance. However, it's easy to get stuck in the mindset of what is going to be easy to mark, or perhaps other tasks have taken our time and we have not had the chance to set anything super valuable. Here are some easy steps to ensure your pupils are getting the most out of your time and efforts to set the homework (and mark it and return it).