Make it Diverse


“Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement.”  D. Pink

Increase student autonomy simply by altering homework expectations.  Students are different.  Homework should be too.  I recently conducted an observation inside my ESL classroom where students were provided with the opportunity to select from multiple homework options.  Enthusiasm heightened as pupils selected from appropriate tasks.

While you’ll want to provide the scaffold, allow your students liberty to select subjects of personal interest delivered through creative vehicles.  Don’t be afraid to switch things up as borders are pushed and new horizons pursued.

Perhaps you could introduce a bingo template with each square suggesting a variation on completing homework.  From the template, students could select a personally relevant task.  Or encourage students to present through varying vehicles including video, prezi, drama, song, and text.  Model for students how to collect data from diverse sources.  Expect students to engage in solo, pair, and group work.  Compile student work in portfolios, track progress, and enjoy watching your students flourish!

How are you already providing opportunity for diversified homework?  I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments below.


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