The Dog Ate My Homework PBL

Tuesday 11/22/11
Common PBL Agenda.pdf
Note: This problem will be completed in class all in one day. Ignore the comments on some of the handouts that refer to next class.
Read Part I of the problem & the Washington Post Article without talking. Individually record your thoughts on:
  • What was your most vivid homework memory?
  • Do you agree or disagree with the author's opinions? Why or why not?
After each person has had a chance to record own opinion, discuss with members of your group. Share as a whole class.

Part I of the Problem
Part 1-PBL Dog Ate My Homework.pdf
Washington Post Article
Washington Post Article.pdf

  • Assign group roles (2 parents & 2-3 teachers) - take on this role throughout your work on the problem.
  • Read Part 2 and work on your Personal Refection Log (handout) independently. 15 minutes
  • Take turns reading the problem aloud to your group.
  • Groups discuss comments noted in their personal reflection logs & complete the Group Worksheet (handout) - you will complete this form in the role of members of the Daniels Elementary School staff or parents of students at the school and complete the task assigned by Principal Essex.
Part 2-The Dog Ate My Homework.pdf

Sample Homework Policy Statements

Group Reading Resources

Type notes for your selected article(s) and post to your group's project page.

Cooper, H. (2001). Homework for all in moderation. Educational Leadership, 58(7), 34-38.

Cooper, H. (2007). The battle over homework: Common ground for administrators,
teachers, and parents (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. (preview sample)

Homework [Special issue, 2004]. Theory Into Practice, 43(3).
Selected Articles:

Margolis, H. (2005). Resolving struggling learners homework difficulties: Working with elementary school learners and parents. Preventing School Failure, 50(1), 5-12.

Marzano, R.J., & Pickering, D.J. (2007). Errors and allegations about research on homework. Phi Delta Kappan, 88(7), 507-513.

Marzano, R., & Pickering, D.J. (2007). The case for and against homework. Educational Leadership, 64(6), 74-79.

National PTA (n.d.). Help your student get the most out of homework.

The Center for Public Education. What Research says about the value of homework.