Interactive Homework Tips

• Teachers should design homework to promote students’ critical thinking skills and to lure parents to become involved in home learning activities.
• Interactive homework should incorporate “constructivist techniques to foster autonomy, goal setting, self-management or self-directness.”
• Interactive homework must be suitable for diverse populations of students and families. Teacher should follow these steps when developing interactive homework for diverse families:
1. Evaluate parents’/children’s interests using “Interest Inventories”
2. Develop vocabulary lists to involve students in word study across the curriculum
3. Write clear directions for homework assignments to facilitate productive parent-child dialogue about questions or word problems
4. Encourage parents to use their experiences to tutor students during the completion of homework
5. Develop developmentally effective inference questions or word problems across the curriculum
6. Analyze the quality of students’ inference making/problem solving in order to make recommendations for increasing parent involvement and student outcomes
7. Assign interactive homework in a way that allows the family some flexibility in completing it

Comments and/or tips:
• Family is a crucial part of a child’s environment. Interactive homework serves the purposes of building parent and child interaction and improving overall student academic outcomes.

Battle-Bailey, Lora. (2003). Training teachers to design interactive homework. U.S.
U.S. District of Columbia: ERIC Clearinghouse on Teaching and Teacher Education.
(ERIC Reproduction Service No. ED482700).

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