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Student Survey: Differentiating Take Home Work

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This is a visual survey based on aspects of understanding and having sensitivity to the lives of students and families outside of school. Many times teachers battle between an enforced homework policy, or a zero tolerance homework policy, both equally being met with backlash. Either teachers give too much homework or not enough. Students struggle to complete homework owing to busy lives and/or parents' work schedules, making it difficult for families to be supportive of a student's learning. Not enough homework can make families feel like a student is not being given adequate time to practice the skills they have learned, nor can parents check what content their child is actively working on.

Each student completes the survey by either circling or coloring (whatever is easier depending on your students' abilities), one or more answer for each question. Make sure they understand not to circle every answer, but to pick only the ones that pertain to them.

Once the survey is complete, you can use the teacher answer key to understand what the data means and how to effectively use it. I used my surveys to help me differentiate my homework, down to how much time a child has at home to complete it, what type of homework they should get, if anyone is available to help and support, and even what content a child thinks they should be practicing.

We all know that all students do not learn the same way in class so why should they be given "one size fits all" homework? The answer is they shouldn't, and teachers shouldn't be spending time planning homework for families that see no value in it, nor will it get completed.

And one extra bonus, this is a GREAT tool when it comes to observations and professional development, and you get asked about why you have differentiated in a particular way!

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