Transforming Education begins at Homework.
“How do we do it without homework?”
Students do have homework, but we believe that schools should also be efficient enough to get the work done in the 30-40 hours a week of class time they already have. New research from Stanford University proved what we already suspected. At the elementary level there is no correlation between homework and academic achievement. In middle school, the correlation ends after 1 hour of homework per night and in high school it ends after two hours. An “8-5″ workday has always been our goal. Since school ends at 3:20, and there is often time to complete assignments during the day, we give students their evenings back….and we give parents their kids back.
For example, in mathematics we are using “flipped teaching” to have students learn new skills. Students watch short videos and take notes at home and then do the heavy lifting, like solving problems, in class. This enables all students to receive help on homework problems, not just those who have parents who have the math skills to help. Read more about “flipped teaching” on usatoday.com.
Integrating assignments between history and english courses helps us reduce the number of papers students write, without reducing the learning. We challenge our teachers with the question, “What do you expect students to know and learn from this assignment? And what evidence will you have that this learning happened?
We’ve also streamlined the content that we expect our teachers to cover and encourage creative analysis through discussions and activities that encourage higher level thinking. Multiple choice tests at Grace Prep? Not likely.