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Paperless Is Not a Pedagogy

Alice Keeler

Ditch That Homework is OUT! Make homework obsolete

Ditch That Homework is OUT! Make homework obsolete

Ditch That Homework is OUT! Make homework obsolete

Guest Blog Post by Matt Miller

Research can’t prove it’s a best practice. It causes family conflict and stress. Plus, it widens the gap between the haves and the have nots.

Homework is a habit we’ve kept in education for far too long, and it’s time for us to ditch it.

Instead of bashing, griping and moaning, what can we actually do about it?

That’s the focus of a new book that Alice Keeler and I wrote, called Ditch That Homework: Practical Strategies to Make Homework Obsolete. (Filter for Prime shipping here)

It’s packed full of resources, infographics, parent and teacher quotes, strategies and actionable items you can start using right away to reduce your reliance on homework until you’re able to ditch it.

The book is divided in eight chapters that focus on these key areas:

  • Ditch That Textbook: Using technology to remix “textbook” activities and practices
  • Ditch That Lecture: Getting kids connected to content and learning in new ways
  • Ditch That Referral: Building relationships with students that pay dividends for everyone
  • Ditch That Resistance: Communicating with parents to build mutual understanding and support
  • Ditch Those Habits: Unleashing powerful, brain-friendly learning
  • Ditch That Remediation: Helping students prepare for college and the real world
  • Ditch That Compliance: Helping students own their learning
  • Ditch That Red Pen: Providing timely, meaningful feedback that students can really use

The infographics are one feature that have gotten plenty of attention immediately after the book was released. They’re quick, easily digestible, brain-friendly digests of key topics in the book. “Infographics help parents and educators share the reasons why we should DITCH homework!” Karly Moura (@karlymoura) tweeted the day the book was released.

Want a taste of the book? Use the link below to read part of its introduction for FREE!


Ditch That Homework is available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon. Looking to buy several copies for staff, for an event or for a book study? Bulk order discounts are available! Email shelley@daveburgessconsulting.com for details.

The book is available for Prime!



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