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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Thinking Press an imprint of Crown House Publishing (20 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781351090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781351093
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.3 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This book offers an inspiring alternative to the setting of homework for homework's sake. Mark shows us how to turn the sometimes dubious exercise of ritual homework-setting into a genuinely useful and positive experience. He demonstrates how homework can play a significant role in pupil progress, so that it is no longer seen as a bolt-on activity by learners or their teachers. Written in a lively and accessible way, Mark's theory of Unhomework makes differentiating for every learner both simple and tactful. His innovative approach is sensitive to all three faces of the homework experience - learner, teacher and parent. --Isabella Wallace, education consultant, author and presenter, founder and managing trustee of Reach Out 2 Schools

Unhomework furnishes a philosophy for all primary and secondary teachers with a reliable array of homework tactics, resilience and thought. This book re-kindles the value of home-learning and fosters the process from a creative-curricular experience. This completes the perfect homework utopia. Using project-based learning, Creasy shuns the traditional homework-setting and chasing methods and shares his epiphany millisecond (which you may also have experienced) that transformed his thinking about homework altogether! Unhomework promotes inspiring, well-thought-out and differentiated homework that has stirred my own practice. This will add value for all individual teachers and students alike in any school and in reading this book, you will secure a classroom experience that lowers teacher-workload, yet heightens student grit and independence. Creasy showcases enquiry within a context ; learning beyond the classroom and equipping students to think, in order to take responsibility for themselves to increase rewards both emotionally and intellectually. He quite rightly berates the worksheet and advocates self-selecting timeframes and missions. Unhomework, full of intrinsic values to shift school policy, has thoughtful analogies: When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad! In a nutshell, Unhomework is the passport to free children from the straightjacket of standardised homework . I cannot wait to get back into the classroom to mutate my plans from homework to Unhomework. A brilliant read that I want to devour all over again! --Ross Morrison McGill, teacher and author

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This book, drawn from genuine classroom experience, is full of tips and ideas designed to help teachers make the move from setting homework to encouraging children to take responsibility for their own work.
Of all the aspects of day-to-day school life, the one that causes the most aggro and unpleasantness for children, their teachers and their parents is homework. That said, of all the aspects of day-to-day school life, the one that could add the most value to childrens' school experience, to their approach to learning, to their achievements in the classroom and to their success beyond school as independent, resilient and resourceful life-long learners is ... homework. But homework approached in a very different manner.
Mark's theory of Unhomework makes differentiating for every learner both simple and tactful. His innovative approach is sensitive to all three faces of the homework experience - learner, teacher and parent.
Isabella Wallace, education consultant, author and presenter, founder and managing trustee of Reach Out 2 Schools
At a time when a curriculum and exam-driven education system straitjackets even the most dynamic teacher Unhomework inspires the practitioner not only to facilitate thinking skills and PLTS but also to build in opportunities for young learners to become creative, critical thinkers.
Sarah Noble, head of department, modern foreign languages
With this book, Mark Creasy has tackled an area of education (homework) which has long needed addressing. As a Year 4 teacher, I can readily connect with his ideas and the thinking behind Unhomework. I am sure that other teachers will do the same.
Davina Suggett, Year 4 teacher
Unhomework addresses the issue of how to involve everyone. There are examples and resources to help practitioners, from NQTs to head teachers, get started.
Ruth Saxton, primary teacher, AST in creativity and chair of the National Association for the Teaching of Drama
This is a book with plenty of ideas for teachers and practical ways for parents to support their children.
Beverley Dandy, head teacher, Outwoods Primary School
Unhomework will give you the inspiration and practical guidance you need to break free from the 'curse of the worksheet'.
Dave Whitaker, executive principal, Springwell Community Special School and Barnsley PRU
I would recommend Unhomework to every teacher and challenge them, whether they are in primary or secondary school, to implement it for just one term and evaluate the results.
Denise Yates, chief executive, Potential Plus UK formerly the National Association for Gifted Children)
Mark Creasy teaches in Buckinghamshire. His contemporary and down-to-earth style of teaching has allowed him to view learning as a tool, not a rule, to ensure that his pupils are given the right to an education that suits their needs and maximises their potential for future success.

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