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Our nation can't even afford to educate our children as it stands. It would be idiotic to attempt to finance a full school year when the current budget crisis is stuffing far too many students in a classroom with one teacher to effectively learn. The student teacher ratio is on average way beyond the number specified by research. Teachers don't have the time to pay proper attention to students. The key is to increase the efficiency of the current curriculum not lengthen the school year.
Nope, I think school should stay out of our summers. I send my son to tutoring and we have a lot of activities to do together that involve conceptual and experiential learning unrelated to the structural system inherent in public education. Thanks but no thanks for the overkill.
Okay, to begin with all of the parents who think that summer homework is "structural" and "vital" obviously have not experienced it themselves. Having summer homework completely defeats the purpose of SUMMER BREAK!! I am 17 years old and have nearly a months worth of homework sitting in front of me as of the moment and it is completely overwhelming. I have two books that are each 600 pages in length that I have to read before school starts and in the first week of school I have two essays that have already been pre-scheduled. This is f*****g rediculous.
Oh and P.S. I have no idea how to do the rest of the responses I am supposed to complete after the two books. There is no teacher here to even remotely show me how to do all of this s**t so I am just lost. How can they expect students to complete all of this without any assistance from anyone?
homework over the summer is f*****g stupid
Just don't assign too much.
Maybe a creative assignment like a poster board project?
This would get the kids using the computer AND doing something creative and artistic. Even a photo collage poster about a specific topic with a 1 page summary report could be fun and educational during the summer.
I saw somewhere on this site a mention of ArtSkills poster making website which has an easy online poster design tool, and free poster making tips. I really liked this resource!
Maybe the class could put together a bunch of 'summer homework' ideas on slips of paper. If you OK them, you can mix them into a large bowl or jar and let the assignment be a kind of "lottery" drawing. The random nature of the assignment could make it a bit more fun and challenging, since in a way, it was assigned to you by one of your classmates.
With more teachers with websites, I would like to see us post recommendations (and update them frequently) of content areas things that students can do over the summer. This would allow students and/or parents to check in and get some ideas. For example, had my high school English teacher posted a reading list, I could have gone there to look for good books. Had my science teacher posted a list of online sites of interest, area activities, or other recommendations, I would have gone there and found things to do.
I think in some cases summer homework is important. If a child is barely performing at grade level at the end of the year or perhaps a little lower(Below Basic) this could help them be better at retaining what they have learned. If the child is proficient or above grade level i do not think summer homework is necesary.
First Grade Teacher
How refreshing that D gives her own child "assignments" over the summer and shares favorite books with him. Unfortunately, D is in the minority, which is why we curmudgeonly old cranks who assign summer reading started assigning it in the first place! Very few parents get this involved in their children's educations any more.
When I first started teaching (the 80s), a significant number of students coming back from summer break reported having read long lists of pretty challenging reading--the classics, best sellers, adult mysteries, and books about history or politics. For the past five-to-seven years, however, my students (high school pre-AP and American literature)answer the question "What books have you read in the past two months?" with "nothing," "can't remember" or "You must be kidding!" The rare student lists any books, and those are generally titles of books written for much younger children.
Therefore, every teacher in my AP vertical team assigns summer reading that counts toward the students' first semester grades. We have so little time to work with them in class during the schoolyear, what with all the testing and test prep we are required to do, and all of the non-curricular interruptions to class time, that this is one of the few ways we can expose kids to a wide range of books.
It's definitely not the perfect solution, but it's as close as we've been able to come.
Ditto! Also, the books you read from a favorite movie has a lot more details and since you'll be reading a book that is of interest to you, you'll be learning new terms. Your vocabulary will improve, your reading comprehension will be enhanced, and before you realize, you will be reading a whole lot faster and succeeding in other subjects. Go for it! If you do nothing else, READ, READ, READ ;) Have fun!!!
Retention over summer break is a huge problem because it's so long. Educational stuff over the summer is a big help to kids, though a traditional homework assignment might not be the best option.
Maybe a few quick reviews over ice cream that you need a parent signature to escape, or some sort of open-ended problem with a prize at the beginning of next year. I dunno.