Your Homework Assignment Is to Meditate, Volunteer, or Create

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What if a teacher assigned meditation or volunteer work for homework?

Apple Distinguished Educator and blogger Peter Cameron does precisely this. Cameron caught my eye with this blog post:

WHAT IF… Home ‘work’ Looked Like This?

In this intriguing piece Cameron, who has dramatically changed his methods during his career as a classroom teacher, says this about homework:

Today, homework has evolved to home ‘share’. My students are now tasked a couple times a week to share a piece of writing with a parent, solve or explain their solution to a single “real math” problem  or create one of their own. Parents are encouraged to write comments on their child’s work and initial it after their child has shared it with them.  –Peter Cameron

So, Cameron got me thinking about alternatives to traditional homework, and Hack Learning Podcast Episode 45 was born; it’s embedded above. In the post I discuss the possible impact of swapping traditional homework for assignments like those Cameron uses:

  • play
  • exercise
  • creating
  • meditation
  • talking to parents
  • volunteering
  • reading

What alternative homework assignments are you using?

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Featured image courtesy of Peter Cameron, via Mr. C’s SharesEase Blog. Follow Peter on Twitter here.

Author: Mark Barnes

Mark Barnes is the Founder and CEO of Times 10 Publications, which produces the popular Hack Learning Series — books that provide right-now solutions for teachers and learners. Mark is the author or publisher of dozens of books, including Bestseller Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School. Barnes presents internationally on assessment, connected education, and Hack Learning. Join more than 115,000 interested educators who follow @markbarnes19 on Twitter.