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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Homework

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What would you like to know about helping your kids with their homework? What challenges do you or your kids face around completing their homework? How do you feel about the amount of time your kids spend on homework? What would you like your teacher to know about homework?

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Jane Taylor's picture

It helps if the homework in appropriate, but usually, in my grandson's case, it is not. In this case I look for things that are both appropriate, challenging, interesting and fun to do. I greet homework as an activity I have looked forward to (he is in KG and yes, he has school assigned homework), not a dreaded disease. How we feel about it will become reflected in the children's attitude towards it. I assume that they will need and appreciate an adult doing it with them through their elementary school years, perhaps longer. We use it as a social family time.

Jane Taylor's picture

It helps if the homework in appropriate, but usually, in my grandson's case, it is not. In this case I look for things that are both appropriate, challenging, interesting and fun to do. I greet homework as an activity I have looked forward to (he is in KG and yes, he has school assigned homework), not a dreaded disease. How we feel about it will become reflected in the children's attitude towards it. I assume that they will need and appreciate an adult doing it with them through their elementary school years, perhaps longer. We use it as a social family time.

Lisa J. Cooley's picture
Lisa J. Cooley
School Board member, parent of 2 public school students.

Face it, when kids get home they want to unwind. When do kids say, "No, I don't want to watch TV, I have homework I'd rather do?" It sets up an adversarial relationship between parents and children in a time of day when it might just be most appropriate for kids to be free-range, after the regimentation of even the best school.

I'm very anti-homework myself (at least in elementary school and to some extent in middle school) and have been lucky (or rather, my kids have) that my 2 have not had mountains of it yet. I'm willing to entertain the notion that some kinds of work, done independently, in middle school, is helpful.

What kind of work would you like to see your kids do at home? What do you think of what they've been required to do so far?

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