What does homework look like when we are always at home? It cannot be the same. And it has to be more important than ever as work at home is all we have right now. So how can we use research insights to tweak our homework practice?
Just posting a list of assignments for students to complete each week is a dubious approach to teaching. The wonderfully titled landmark paper, Why Minimal Guidance During Instruction Does Not Work, has a must-read 128 word abstract that begins, “Evidence for the superiority of guided instruction is explained…”
We still need to guide instruction, even though this is now harder. The role homework plays will depend on our ability to guide instruction. Hence this table has three columns: one for pre-lockdown teaching, the second if all you have is the ability to post asynchronously, the third if you can also have synchronous online class. We hope this format makes sense to you.
We created this table as part of a supplemental resource for an exciting project, coming to you soon. We have put together a bundle of Neuroteach Global courses that we think would be most supportive of distance learning and teaching. Neuroteach Global is the CTTL’s solution to high quality research informed professional development. How can we use the science of teaching and learning to help teachers in these challenging times? And how can we get it into their hands in a digestible, usable, affordable way? It is about 8 hours of rich, highly interactive pd brought to you on the device of your choice in a story-based microcourse format. More details very soon. In the meantime, if you want to know more, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.