Second graders in Ms. Darge’s class have an interesting approach to homework. Instead of assignments these students complete “Un-Homework”. Each week the class is given their “Un-Homework” list of five assignments or activities for them to do at home – if they chose. Assignments that are a part of “Un-Homework” range from having discussions with family members on topics learned in the classroom to playing games, making learning more interactive at home.
The approach is said to put the students in charge of their own learning. Those that do partake are then entered into a lottery to win prizes for their decision to continue learning outside the classroom.
“The students have been loving this approach because they have a choice about homework and they love the Learning Lotto. Five students are chosen every week for the raffle. Those five students then roll the dice for a prize. We hold our raffle on Friday afternoons. We have received praise from parents as well,” said Ms. Darge.
Darge first heard about the “Un-Homework” idea from a popular teaching blog and hope the learning activities will be a fun way for students and families to learn together. A few other teacher have embraced the “Un-Homework” concept as well.