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2015 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

70th ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show

March 21–23, 2015, Houston, Tex.

Discover new ideas and practical strategies that deliver real results for students.

 

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Handbook for the Art and Science of Teaching

by Robert J. Marzano and John L. Brown

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Module 9. Using Homework and Academic Notebooks to Deepen Student Understanding

Homework and academic notebooks are the final consideration related to Design Question 3. Both of these types of strategies should be done thoughtfully. Effective homework should have reasonable time requirements, a clear purpose, and clear alignment with identified learning goals. It should also allow opportunities for independent performance at key points during the student's learning cycle. Academic notebooks can also become powerful catalysts for helping students deepen their understanding when teachers encourage students to use their notebooks as interactive and organic resources for monitoring their own learning.

Reflecting on Your Current Beliefs and Practices

Before examining the strategies in this module, take some time to examine your current beliefs and practices by answering the following questions:

  1. How do you use homework to deepen students' understanding?
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  2. What do you think are the pitfalls and misuses of homework?
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  3. To what extent do academic notebooks reinforce students' understanding of the content you are teaching them?
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  4. How do you ask students to revisit and revise their thinking as part of their work with academic notebooks?
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