Dr. Travis Burns, Ed.D.

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Virginia Chat Conversation on Homework Practices

Virginia Chat Conversation on Homework Practices

Marzano (2001) suggests that homework can have a positive impact on learning when it serves a clear purpose and is aligned to the individual skills and needs of students.  Below is a list of highlighted recommendations from Virginia Chat for ensuring that homework practices benefit students and promote student achievement. The recommendations were taken from Virginia Chat’s discussion on homework practices dated November 12, 2012, and represent only a small proportion of participant responses. The responses were summarized and/or edited for inclusion in this text.

  1. Do not assign homework as a means of getting through the curriculum.  (J. Stumpenhorst).
  2. Solicit feedback from parents and students on homework practices (J. Mazza).
  3. Offer teachers professional development on the meaning and purpose of homework (D. Miller).
  4. Know which students receive help at home from parents and know which students do not receive help at home from parents (B. Kayser).
  5. Use electronic media such as google hangout and google docs to make homework more interesting and interactive (D. Miller)
  6. Take responsibility for what you assign as homework (D. Rawley).
  7. Assign small amounts of homework to show parents what their students are learning about in the classroom (J. Graham-Wright)
  8. Homework should not add stress to the lives of parents (A. Blank).
  9. Consider asking students for input on the design and implementation of homework assignments (P. Moran).
  10. Homework should be individualized and/or on the independent level of students (J. Graham-Wright). 

The November 12, 2012 VAchat discussion on homework was facilitated by school administrator Phil Griffins. A record of the homework transcript may be found at Storify.com (Refer to link). Join Virginia Chat on November 19, 2012 for a discussion on family engagement.  Dr. T

Marzano, R., Pickering, D., & Pollock, J. (2001). Classroom instruction that works:
Research-based strategies for increasing student achievement. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). Alexandria, VA:


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