The Seven Types of Homework

Practice

Repeated use of a skill until it becomes automatic or mastered and can be used in a variety of settings.

Preview

Examining material before study to develop a framework for linking, storing, and learning new information.

Review

Relooking at information and skills with an eye toward solidifying information, ordering the information, identifying relevant and irrelevant information, clarifying what still needs to be learned, and developing questions.

Discovery

Examining a set of conditions or factors, and developing connections or conclusions which can be substantiated.

Application

Use of practiced, reviewed, and learned information in a format which connects several types of information and skills. It may be a long-term project and require a planned sequence of steps.

Problem Solving

Using information in a creative and flexible manner through which a solution to a problem emerges.

Creative

Permits students to use their own unique talents and ideas to express themselves.

The Homework Partnership

Teachers, students, and parents are critical players in homework success. You can help by reviewing your role and responsibilities in this partnership.

Teachers must provide:

  • meaningful homework assignments
  • clearly communicated assignments
  • homework appropriate to the students’ skills

Students must have:

  • clear knowledge of homework assignments
  • sufficient preparation to succeed
  • the skills needed to complete the homework

Parents must have:

  • homework support and structure at home
  • clear, realistic homework expectations
  • knowledge of the teacher’s expectations