Aligning Homework to Instruction

Aligning Homework to Instruction

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, in this course, you will learn how to create homework that aligns with classroom instruction to promote academic success in your classroom. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. The course will cover the four purposes of homework and specific steps for building assignments so that students can successfully learn your classroom content.

3 Months Access / 1 Course Hrs
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This teacher professional development course will provide you with an exploration of four purposes for designing and assigning homework. You will analyze how you can design homework that aligns with your curriculum, explore methods to individualize your homework for your students and plan for student feedback after homework is completed.

This course will help you think about homework's usefulness in a tangible way that provides you with practice advice for implementation. The course also comes with a downloadable PDF of the content and a planning resource to help you build strong homework assignments aligned with your lesson content and objectives.


  1. Aligning Homework to Instruction Course Content
    1. The video and article will provide you with the content required to design and implement aligned homework into your classroom. It also includes some "Reflect or Discuss" prompts to help you connect with the course content and ends with a "Try This Task" to guide you explicitly on how you might implement the ideas into the classroom.
  2. Quiz
    1. You will answer questions related to the principles of designing appropriate homework aligned with your lesson objectives and activities. Quizzes are automatically scored and provide feedback on answer choice rationale.
  3. Implementation Reflection
    1. The reflection prompt requires you to plan for use of the "try this task" by either reflecting on the content yourself or discussing them with the colleague. You will then discuss a new concept you can attempt to implement in the future based on something you learned in the course.
  4. Considerations for Implementation
    1. This short statement helps you reflect on your ideas and assess whether you might be successful in your implementation.
  5. Videos and Further Reading
    1. Additional content suggestions are provided to enhance and expand your understanding of how you might design appropriate homework tasks for your students.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14696