In embracing an evidence-based educational model, schools in Wellington NZ are ditching traditional homework in favour of more real-world and fun activities like crosswords, boardgames and reading comics.
The move away from ‘homework for homework sake’ is aimed at nurturing children’s interest in reading and other creative activities.
The principal of Karori Normal School has told parents there is no ‘evidence’ to suggest that homework has a positive impact on student learning.
This move has been applauded by John Hattie who says for most kids, homework is a waste of time.
I think it is terrific that schools are finally seeing the links between enjoyment, engagement and learning.