I love takeaways. Especially the type that gets students excited about homework again (and also this type doesn’t make my wallet lighter).
I trialled this excellent concept with my year 7 class and what a success it has been! I have never seen so many students eager to discuss homework before. Below are some examples of the great pieces of homework submitted to me this term:
So, what went well and how can I improve on this for the next term?
- nearly every single student spoke to me about homework and submitted different and interesting pieces each week/every 2 weeks
- students were happy to redo their homework if something was missing or could be immediately improved
- some students were eager to see what their peers submitted each week, which in turn gave them ideas for their next submission
- I was eager to see what my students submitted each week
- it was pretty easy to keep a record of what each student submitted each week making a follow-up of late submissions, or worse no submissions, easier.
- I got to eat lots of cakes!
The Bad (sort of…):
- there were quite a few submissions and I found it hard to keep up with marking the homework towards the end of term!
- quite a few students opted to make cake but didn’t focus on the actual Science it was supposedly representing. I tried to salvage this mid-way through the term by insisting on a page explaining the Science depicted by their edible creations
- none of the students tried the collaborative items on the menu. One student did complete of these tasks but by themselves!
- I had cake. There is nothing ugly about anything that gets me cake.
My plans for Term 2 are as follows:
- set aside time each week to look through and comment on each piece of homework
- make it clear that if a student wishes to submit something edible, they HAVE to submit a page on the Science that it represents
- encourage students to choose a variety of different tasks for their homework, including collaborating to produce something bigger and better than they would if they worked alone
I will be updating this post around Easter. Till then, I look forward to getting more takeaway!
My take of the takeaway homework in the form of a powerpoint explaining my rules and expectations.
Idea/context by: Ross McGill at Teacher Toolkit