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Helping Your Students With Homework: A Guide for Teachers - February 1998

Tips for Getting Homework Done

9. Match assignments to the skills, interests,
and needs of students

Students are more apt to complete homework successfully when assignments:

Teachers with many students cannot be expected to customize all homework assignments for each student. However, most teachers can provide assignments to a heterogeneous class of students that vary in style, format, and content. This assures that all students have some that suit and interest them.

It is important to provide at-risk students with homework that challenges them to work to their full potential. A student may be at-risk because of a variety of factors other than academic ability: for example, a student may be at risk because of Limited-English Proficiency (LEP), poverty, race, geographic location, or economic disadvantages.

An at-risk student could also be in an advanced placement class or a class for gifted and talented students.

Most teachers, however, give students in their advanced placement classes assignments that differ from those in non-a.p. classes. The assignments for honors class students are usually longer and require a level of abstract thinking that could frustrate less advanced students.

Teachers can also provide choices. Students may all be expected to master the same material, but they can do so in different ways. Providing choice increases the chances that students will enjoy more assignments. It also helps students feel they control parts of their learning, which enables some to enjoy an assignment more than they would otherwise.

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