During the independent practice phase of your lesson, you create an opportunity for students to practice what they were taught. This practice matches the learning objective(s) from your lesson. Students are not expected to teach themselves during this phase of the lesson, and are expected to take full responsibility for their learning. An independent practice activity must be meaningful and focused. Independent practice is generally a homework assignment.
From the website: http://www.edulink.org/lessonplans/independ.htm
The homework is independent practice which reinforces
the lesson and it is directly related to the lesson.
When the student can perform the skill or process
without major errors, then s/he is ready to develop fluency by practicing without the
availability of the teacher. The teacher does not need to monitor the practice as the
student is doing it, but should check the finished product (homework, assignment, etc.).
When assigning homework, remember:
- make a clear connection between the homework and the
- assign the homework as close to the time of the lesson
- explain the assignment clearly; check to be sure that
students understand before they leave your room