Discovery is as important as practice and fluency, and homework is an opportunity to broach new content in a way that piques student interest for what is to come.
Invite students to explore new ideas in a way that encourages active learning and ownership of the material by [doing the thing]:
- YouTube videos
- Books and stories
- Mnemonics (memory aids).
These can then be compiled on a class blog or other online platform. This encourages collaboration and autonomous learning and provides you with an invaluable resource that you can use for student support.
For senior students, you could set a homework task that invites them to research the real-life applications of a mathematical theory, or the way that it intersects with other disciplines. What does mathematics have to do with computers, biology, logic or art? You don’t need all the answers — they’ll find things that teach you a thing or two yourself!
These sorts of activities aren’t a substitute for revision and curriculum delivery, but they give an incredible return on student engagement.