I must be a really mean teacher. How could I possible ask my students to do something so difficult for homework?
You’ll laugh when I tell you what the assignment actually is. But first, a bit of a set-up here is needed.
I tell my students that they should be doing twenty minutes of homework a night. I don’t think this is an unreasonable request. I also don’t ask them to do anything terribly difficult.
This is what my homework program looks like. I send home a letter every Monday that outlines the homework for the week. I list 4 or 5 things that I would like the students to do for the week.
1) The students need to study the spelling words and be prepared for the test on Friday. I have given them a few different ways to study the words and I don’t ask them just to study them in a specific way.
2) Math – I sometimes ask the students to practice the timetables and I encourage them to memorize them. Other times I send home a one page worksheet as a review of what we have been learning in class.
3) Read for twenty minutes at least twice this week.
4) Write a paragraph on a topic of your choice.
I changed the Fourth Homework item this week to this.
4) Have a NO ELECTRICITY NIGHT. For one night this week, do not do anything for fun that requires electricity. This means that you cannot watch TV, play video games, go on the computer, listen to your MP3 player, etc. Write a paragraph about what you did.
I encouraged the students and wrote to the parents that this could be a family activity. I told the students that they can have the lights on and they still can cook. I just want them to try and entertain themselves without electricity. This ties in to our unit on Early Settlements and Pioneer Times.
I really hope that my students will take up this challenge. I told them that I will be doing this myself today. I can’t really ask them to do something I am unwilling to do myself. So tonight after school, I guess I won’t be watching Wheel of Fortune while I have my dinner. I won’t be going online either. I can do it, I think.