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May 02, 2018 Wednesday 11:42:25 AM IST

Let the Home Work be a Team Work!

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Maine, USA: "Imagine that you have a full-time job that requires you to be at the office for seven to 10 hours a day, and your boss tells that you that you will also need to work offsite on nights and weekends. After a few weeks, the after-hours projects are taking anywhere from five to 20 hours a week, and you find that you don’t have a free minute. Your job performance and your home life suffer—you’re only sleeping five hours a night, and you missed a family celebration. Unfortunately, this is the only job you’re qualified for, so you can’t quit.

If you’re a high school student these days, this is your job". Says Peter Badalament, the principal of Falmouth High School in Maine, USA. To help the students to de-stress, he puts forward a new strategy to tackle the burden of home work. 

In this strategy, Peter is talking about teaming up the students to do their home works.

*Building Team:

For better result of this strategy, the team building should be done very keenly. A team of 5-6 students would be enough, but those students should be versatile. Do not pick only over achievers or students with similar interests. They should be from all category.

*Bringing in different faculties:

Teachers from all subjects should come together for this. The same group of students should be used for all subjects.

*Same platform:

There should be a same platform (like Google classroom) to mark all the home works. Each subject teacher should know what others have given and should change the quantity and deadline taking in to consideration the load the students already have.

*As early as possible:

Home works should be given as early as possible so the student can try to compete it within the free time in school itself.

*No extra burden on weekends/ holidays:

Long weekends and holidays shouldn't be an opportunity to overburden the students with home works. Let the students spend time with family and friends on such days.

*Feedback/inputs from students:

the students should feel that these new strategy is to help them. They should be heard too. The teachers should consider their honest feedbacks and should bring in changes accordingly.

(Source: Edutopia)