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Hooked on Homework

Ideas for meaningful and engaging assignments.
Published: June 19, 2020

Homework often gets a bad rap. It can be time-consuming for both students and teachers, stressful, and—as some unengaged students love to point out— “boring.”

But savvy educators know that the right assignment can engage students on a more meaningful level and lead to better student involvement in the classroom.

Dr. Cathy Vatterott, a Professor of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the author of Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs, believes that these types of engaging homework assignments are essential for impactful student learning.

“Rote tasks like worksheets are often easy to assign and easy to grade, but not always the most effective tasks for learning,” Vatterott says. “The Common Core Standards will require students to operate at higher levels of thought. Engaging tasks that allow for choice and ownership result in deeper and more permanent learning.”

It may take a little more time to create those tasks, but engaging tasks are more likely to get done and with less resistance!”

To help you create your own engaging homework, we asked your colleagues to share their tried and true assignments. Read on for their success stories.

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