Homework – Takeaway Menu

This homework idea is something that I picked up from the Teacher’s Toolkit (@teacherstoolkit) and have adapted to work with my year 7 students and also links into a post I was on another blog I follow: Headteacherguru  (http://headguruteacher.com/2012/09/02/homework-matters-great-teachers-set-great-homework/) which talks about the purpose of homework and ways to make it more creative. This also gets the students practising higher order thinking skills such as synthesis.

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The Homework takeaway menu is a task where you tell the students the objectives of a    task but it is up to them to choose the outcome from either a list of options (good idea for the first time trying the activity) or from their own imaginations.  I did this with

my Year 7 PSHCEE group who had been looking at Healthy Eating over the past few weeks. I gave them the outline – which you can find attached (Promoting Healthy Eating Task Sheet) which told them that they had to come up with a way to promote healthy eating to Secondary aged students but they could choose any appropriate format that they wanted. I gave them a few ideas on the board, for example poster, booklet, leaflet, video etc. to get them thinking but it was up to them to choose for themselves.

As I only see this class once a week and set homework once a fortnight I gave the students 3 weeks to work on the project. Today

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was hand in day and rather then me collecting them all in each of the students presented their work to the class where it was peer assessed using the 2 stars and a wish format.

For a first time trying the activity it worked quite well, we had quite a few posters, a couple of leaflets and a rather fantastic video from one student. We didn’t manage to get through all of the presentations in one lesson but I am looking forward to seeing the rest next week.

Mapping

AfL: Active Involvement, Differentiation (through outcome), Positive Influence.

SEAL: Motivation.

ECM: Enjoying and Achieving, Making a positive contribution.

PLTS: Creative Thinkers, Self Managers, Independent Enquirers.

How Schools Kill Creativity – Ted Talk

I totally agree with Ken Robinson on this. We sometimes get so caught up in the content of what we are teaching that we forget the creativity and imagination of our students.
I try to get more creativity in my lessons and one of the ways I try to do that is by offering the students a choice on the outcome of a task. They have to include certain elements of the content but it is up to them at how they present it. I give some suggests of what they could do but it is their choice.
I got this idea from The Teachers Toolkit (@teachertoolkit) what they call a homework takeaway menu.
I have only used it as a homework at present but am planning on using it more in my actual lessons soon.