- Series: Hack Learning Series (Book 8)
- Paperback: 186 pages
- Publisher: Times 10 Publications (October 26, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0986104973
- ISBN-13: 978-0986104978
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Hacking Homework: 10 Strategies That Inspire Learning Outside the Classroom (Hack Learning Series) (Volume 8) Paperback – October 26, 2016
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Starr Sackstein and Connie Hamilton have assembled a book full of great answers to the question, "How can we make homework engaging and meaningful?" The "hacks" they offer are practical and authentic, and resonate for teachers at every grade level. Theirs tep-by-step directions move readers from theory to action. Best of all, the advice in this book applies to in-school learning, too!
Dr. Doug Fisher and Dr. Nancy Frey, Professors at SDSU, Authors, and Researchers
Ken O'Connor,Educational Consultant and Author
A must read for all educators, Hacking Homework provides educators the insight they need to re-think the homework they are assigning. In addition, educators have applicable hacks to ensure they are moving their classrooms in the right direction. Educators have been having the homework debate for years, finally a book comes along that can move teachers in a direction of best practices that aligns with the research.
Craig Vroom,Principal, Hilliard Weaver Middle School. Hilliard City School District. Ohio
Starr and Connie believe that shaking up our homework policy is one of the best decisions they have ever made for kids. I agree! Hacking Homework shows how teachers and parents can take the stress out of homework and focus on what really matters. They emphasize why family time is simply too precious to continue the homework policy of handing out mundane assignments. Hacking Homework provides multiple alternatives to"homework" that bridges the gap between play and learning.
Barbara Bray, Author, Co-founder of Personalize Learning, LLC, and Owner/Founder of My eCoach and Rethinking Learning
Experienced educators Starr Sackstein and Connie Hamilton provide a wealth of practical ideas to help teachers reflect and improve how they think about, and implement, homework practices. I can't think of a better resource out there dealing with this issue, and it's a challenging one for all of us in the classroom.
Larry Ferlazzo, HighSchool Teacher and Author
Sackstein and Hamilton provide a sound game plan to monumentally change learning cultures during and outside of the school day. Personal anecdotes from educators in the field provide a glimpse into the headaches of homework and how teachers can make learning relevant.This book will change your outlook on homework and improve your practice as an educator.
Brad Currie, Founding Partner of Evolving Educators
Starr Sackstein and Connie Hamilton have assembled a book full of great answers to the question, "How can we make homework engaging and meaningful?" The "hacks" they offer are practical and authentic and resonate for teachers at every grade level. Their stepby- step directions move readers from theory to action. Best of all, the advice in this book applies to in-school learning, too! -Dr. Doug Fisher and Dr. Nancy Frey, Professors at SDSU, Authors, and Researchers Hacking Homework is a must read for teachers and parents. It is not just another book advocating the elimination of homework-it is a book in which the authors describe ten hacks/fixes that provide alternatives to traditional homework that make homework about learning not compliance. All of the hacks provide sensible and practical ways in which teachers-and parents-can support learning outside school hours. I hope this book finds its way into the professional library of every classroom teacher and that it is also read carefully by administrators, policymakers and parents. -Ken O'Connor, Education Consultant and Author
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I've come to really enjoy the "Hacking" series of books as they truly do push education books in a new, and quite effective, direction. This one is no different. Hamilton and Sackstein make excellent use of the "Pushback" section (one of my favorite parts of the series; and one that feels quite novel), and provide readers with multiple strategies to help those who are more risk-averse explore positive instructional shifts. I also believe the selection of educator vignettes to be spot on, and LOVED the inclusion of student comments (we need more of this in our educational texts, truthfully).
The authors deftly navigate the "What You Can Do Tomorrow" segments with true "small steps" that can easily make a difference in classrooms, schools, and across districts, and I really enjoyed how Sackstein and Hamilton put much thought into the implementation steps provided for each hack. Sometimes, implementation models get caught in the granular day-to-day strategies too early; in Hacking Homework, the authors take time to share the larger culture and community-building necessary that accompanies "hot button" topics like homework.
Hamilton and Sackstein's seasoned writing experience comes through in the text, and I was struck by how much passion they put into describing the need to move from seeing homework as a "task" to exploring outside of school learning as a "support". This ties in nicely with the importance of examining mindset and meeting learners where they are. I also thought the "Boomerang Model" of questioning for homework assistance further puts the emphasis on learning, rather than the chore. Nicely done.
I found all the hacks to be interesting and worthwhile reads. I do wonder if ten hacks are needed, however. In a number of cases, such as fostering voice, and using the digital realm, the hacks felt just as much about engagement, and to some extent leadership, as they did to homework. This didn't take away from the text by any means, but it did make me question whether the number of hacks was key, or whether the hacks tied to a given topic was more important, or neither.
Overall, a must read book to shape current and future conversation about homework, and why we do what we do.