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Homework and Grading—Two Critical Issues for Success
Homework and grading—two critical issues for success

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

—Nelson Mandela

Definition. Homework, by its very name, suggests that students practice what has been learned in the classroom in a setting away from school. Notice the word “practice” in the previous sentence; homework is to be an opportunity for students to gain a level of comfort or independence with concepts and skills that have been taught. It is not an indicator of mastery, and it should not have disproportionate influence over the grade.

However, in many districts, homework falls under academic freedom, and very little attention is paid to how it is handled—what it is, how it is used, and ...

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