Misty Adoniou asks: Homework – What’s the point?

Misty Adoniou, Senior Lecturer in Language, Literacy and TESL at the University of Canberra, explores this perennial question that is certain to elicit strong opinions from parents, students and teachers alike.

Originally published in The Conversation, Misty asks, “Homework – What’s the point of it?”

A middle school student I know came home from school with the task to recreate a medieval fort out of cake. I expect the History teacher thought this was a creative and engaging activity. This particular student, from a refugee background living with his single uncle, first had to figure out how to make a cake and spend scarce money on cake tins and ingredients.

Even putting aside the cultural and economic challenges the task presented to this boy, what was the point of that homework?
Read the full article here.

Misty Adoniou is presenting two workshops at the Love Learning Conference in Sydney in August 2014:

  • An understanding of the English language can improve learning outcomes; and
  • Teaching language explicitly through content.

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