Putting homework in their hands: Sample systems
If you haven’t been with me for the journey through giving up the pretense that trying to excessively manipulate my students’ out-of-class time is going to predict to me what they learn, you could always browse through my choice tag. If you don’t have that kind of time, here’s a run-down:
- Autonomy and intrinsic motivation are high predictors of success in learning.
- Language for communicative purposes cannot be learned in isolation.
- Frustration is common in traditional homework because there’s no one around to help.
- Frustration blocks language acquisition.
- I give two and only two homework assignments per week.
- These assignments are always the same: do an aventura activity and post a free-topic blog
- Student autonomy in these assignments is very important to me.
- These two graded assignments free me from grading or entering grades for most other formative activities.
- As time passed I realized that not all assignments are worth the same either in time commitment or in usefulness for language acquisition.
- Assigning choices a point value allowed me to require students to challenge themselves and to adapt the same list for various learning levels.
- This idea is one of my most widely-used and several other teachers have developed their own lists and systems.
I’m so excited and impressed with how other teachers have adopted and adapted this idea and thought it would be helpful to link all the documents for you here. Plus, I took all the content from my InDesign file and put it in a Google Doc for you to copy/paste and adapt for your situation.
Choice activity documents
My options and point system
Kara Jacobs‘ system
Noah Geisel‘s system
- some Pinterest ideas Noah found useful
Laura Sexton’s options
Tana Krohn‘s list
Bethanie Carlson Drew’s update (coming soon)
And how could I leave out-
The Creative Language Class’s Real World Homework
(developed completely on their own creative genius!)