H. Jurgen Combs

INDEPENDENT PRACTICE - is also known as homework. There is some debate among educators and parents about the value of homework. Much of the debate, though, appears to center less on the value of homework itself as on the value of work that appears to be just busy-work. Research support that students who complete homework assignments that are meaningful, that are based on the lesson, that are reviewed by the teacher and graded, achieve a better understanding of the subject matter. Many good teachers use the homework as the starting point of the next lesson. It is important for teachers to understand the potential consequences of requiring students to do homework if the objectives of the lesson have not been met. Not only may students truly struggle with the assignment, they may learn to do it incorrectly, which will make your task the next day even more difficult when you have to begin the process of re-teaching and was as un-teaching.


The homework is independent practice which reinforces the lesson and it is directly related to the lesson.

When the student can perform the skill or process without major errors, then s/he is ready to develop fluency by practicing without the availability of the teacher. The teacher does not need to monitor the practice as the student is doing it, but should check the finished product (homework, assignment, etc.).

When assigning homework, remember:

  1. make a clear connection between the homework and the lesson
  2. assign the homework as close to the time of the lesson as possible
  3. explain the assignment clearly; check to be sure that students understand before they leave your room

back to

Lesson Plan Page Lesson Planning Page


last updated on 27 May 2008
H. Jurgen Combs