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It's no secret that parent

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It's no secret that parent involvement is the number one factor influencing student achievement and engagement at school. Educators need to do everything possible to make sure parents become true partners in their child's education, not just bystanders. I recently wrote a blog post about how to improve parent communication: http://vingapp.com/ving-edtech-blog/struggle-parent-communication/#more-...

This blog is a good reference

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This blog is a good reference for culture.
http://sappoblog.blogspot.com/2013/11/cultures-you-dont-want-to-talk-abo...

Last year in earning my K-6 Teaching Degree

Linda, Although I'm in my

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Linda,
Although I'm in my last year of Teacher Education (K-6), I really agree with your assessment that an entire page (or more) of a math concept is too much, and that 6-7 problems would allow the teacher to see whether or not the student is comprehending what they are learning.

I've read studies that have shown math homework to be the most stressful for students, than any other type of homework. I'm adding your comment to my "Ideas Notebook," for when I have my own classroom! Thanks, again.

Last year in earning my K-6 Teaching Degree

I have to post the following

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I have to post the following for my college English Comp II class, so I chose to post it in a "teacher forum." But first I want to say, your article has been extremely helpful to me, in my last year of college, before becoming a teacher. Thanks so much. (Perhaps someone can tell me if I'm on the right track, with the topic of homework!)

Eliminating Problems with Homework

The debate of homework has been repeated for the past 100 years. Research shows that homework can be stressful, chaotic, and disruptive in the lives of teachers, students, and parents. In fact, education experts suggest that these negative characteristics of homework can be eliminated by a simple, re-designing of homework assignments, by teachers. Included in this re-designing process are five key elements:

• Homework assignment instructions should be at each student’s comprehension level
• Students should be allowed to begin their homework in the classroom, so that teachers can monitor that students understand the instructions
• Homework should be returned to students promptly, and with understandable feedback
• Homework assignments should be relevant to what the student is learning in class; if the assignment is not relevant then discard it
• Homework for specific subjects can be assigned to specific days, forming a routine students can easily follow (Wilson and Rhodes)

Subsequently, by including these elements into their homework decision-making, teachers would be creating a much better environment for themselves, the students, and the parents.

Source:

Wilson, Jan, and John Rhodes. “Student Perspectives on Homework.” Education 131.2 (2010): 351-348. Academic Search Premier. Web. 21 Nov. 2013.

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Thanks... this is a very

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Thanks... this is a very great post,This is a great way to communicate with people of different backgrounds and levels. I love inspiring and being inspired by children and works closely with parents and the staff to create a fun, unique and creative environment.These conversation starters provide a way for all parties to learn about each other as well..

As the African proverb goes,

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As the African proverb goes, "it takes a village to raise a child" and the conversation starters offered by the good doctor will be particularly useful as I go into my field of work upon graduation. It was eye-opening as well concerning the diverse populations we find ourselves in anywhere we go here in America and much of our work with the children will start and end with the parents. That ability within to take a careful consideration with the avenues suggested, in initiating conversation with the parents of varied cultural backgrounds as well as from different walks of life will definitely come in handy. Thanks Doc for an excellent read...

This is a great way to

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This is a great way to communicate with people of different backgrounds! I am a student in college wanting to obtain my degree in Elementary Education. I will remember these for when communicating.

I loved this blog. I work

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I loved this blog. I work with ELL students and often need conversation starters for parents to get them involved in education. Thank you for such a great idea.

Most of the suggestions were

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Most of the suggestions were very good, but I don't agree with the home work section. Teachers don't have enough time in class to teach and let students get to practice so this must done in home work. Home work becomes a problem when the electronic games and social media is first place at home. We need to help students know what comes first. I have students sleeping in my classes and when I ask what's the problem, it " I was on the internet all night miss, or I was playing gams all night miss". I have never in all my 24 years of teaching got I was doing a lot of home work miss.

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Joe, this is an excellent

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Joe, this is an excellent post. It speaks to the ways that communication between home and school must be interactive and respectful. Parents care about their kids, even if their values and challenges are different. These conversation starters provide a way for all parties to learn about each other. Thanks!

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