I am so happy to be hosting my first guest post from the authors of Technology in Class. Technology in Class offers a wealth of information, not just on technology, but also on teaching strategies and education issues. They have a knack for finding lots of useful and interesting links as well.
Busy work not only stifles creativity, but also overloads working memory. It makes learning less effective and efficient. Instead of assigning busy work, why not assign long-term projects and presentations where students construct knowledge? In this way, they can stop whenever their working memory is overloaded. They can come back to their project when their minds are fresh. They don’t get a chance to do that with busy work. It’s due tomorrow, whether their working memory is overloaded or not—whether learning takes place or not.