Is assigning parents homework an effective way to increase parental involvement?

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Parent Engagement

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There is parent involvement related to homework when a parent has to insure that a student have access to materilas needed to complete assignments when homework needs to be reviewed and signed and when helping a student prepare for a test by using Q/A flashcards and in general by exposing the children to hands on learning about life. Whether it be in the kitchen making cultural foods for holidays or visiting a museum or traveling to different venues for shopping or gaming- life in itself is learning. Being a consumer,absorbing culture or just traveling to farms and family oriented excursions and learning about different ways of life, we as parents have a built in responsibility to make the education of our children a 3-D experience. I am a very engaged parent as are my children. There is little time for me to do " homework" as I am busy making sure that my children are prepared for a healthy and fufilling life and the classroom.

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Hi All,

I've come across this post at quite an appropriate time... here in the UK, BECTA (the Government agency responsible for advising on and integrating technology in the classroom) have just released a report into parental involvement with homework and the difficulties that can be encountered. It is entitled "I'm stuck - can you help me?" - a phrase I'm sure many of you are familiar with. It contains some remarkable statistics about parents' confidence in dealing with homework.

Rather than force parents to do homework themselves, a better solution would be to assist them in understanding their children's schoolwork and activities, so that they can help with their homework more effectively, which benefits all parties, including the teachers. One method for doing this is for the school to provide recorded classroom lessons through a secure website or their learning platform, which children can then watch back with their parents at home.

There is quite a bit more to this idea, so to save this post from turning into a short novel, you can download the full report, with a full explanation, here. It's not huge (12 pages), but definitely an interesting read.

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The whole purpose of this is for you to get motivated and involved with your child. Your supposed to make time for him and sit down with a book or during dinner/your free time ask him about it. How was the book? Explain in detail about it. Whats you fav. character and why? I do agree that he should have a book report to (hopfully not every week though!) and maybe you should talk to his teacher about this issue in the next parent teacher conference. Teachers love new ideas to help their students achieve and love it when parents get involved.

My 5th grader is being graded for my signature of confirmation

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each week i am to fill out a form to state that he read every night for 6 nights of the week for a score of 100%. his grade is affected if not received. Whether he reads or not, it is based on the parent's integrity that it is done. Well do all parents sign truthfully and how is the child really being assessed for what he has read? what ever happened to book reports? I am completely against my son being graded for providing my signature just to say he read every night. If he stared at the book for 20 minutes and day dreamed, how will i know? why not ask him to report what he actually read, what he thought about it? what part of the book he is in, how does he think it will end? etc.. or give him a time frame to complete a book and request a report on it. let's grade him on what he has done not what i submit. he is in school, my signature on a form should not be graded.

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Assigning parents homework

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Assigning parents homework may be of little use as parents may not have even little knowledge of the subject. Instead parents can be involved into students studies by encouraging them to ask their wards to take home assessments themselves

Quoting a small message to for parents on http://www.testbag.com/parents.php

Parents

Ask yourself a question Is my child making expected progress towards achieving his goals and am I sure about it ?. In many cases the answer would be "I don't know" or "He is doing fine but I am not sure"

Progress report may not provide you specific information based on assessment whether your child is making progress towards his goals or not. You need to evaluate along with your child his strengths and weaknesses and initiate steps to fill the gap in his educational needs and help him achieve his goals

Your personal involvement / interest in your child's education gives him motivation to progress further.

Just ask him what he has studied today. Encourage him to take a 15 minutes self test on each subject or topic taught to him in the school / college / institution today. You and your child will get idea of his present level of performance. (You can get details of his performance for each test taken in the Test History)

Pat him if he has done well. Discuss with him the shortcomings. There could also be areas in the topic that have been not covered in the lessons taught to him. Encourage him to improve next day if he is under performing and initiate a planned action for improvement of his performance and monitor the same for progress

Irene Golston (not verified)

I also feel that students

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I also feel that students learn in a more positive and motivational manner when their parents are also involved in the equation of learning. Parents feel they are not being put on the spot. They know the topic fully. They are able to bring so much wisdom and information to the student. The student is more easily encouraged to learn.

Julian (not verified)

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All right I voted none of the above because I don't think parents should get involved with homework.

I'm a student and I have a lot of homework and I've learned most of my stuff independently.
My parents have taught me to use my resources I think that student's homework shouldn't be left to the parents.

Parents look for to much perfection I know they want the best for us, but I want to do something without my parents controlling what I do. There is no self accomplishment if my parents control my homework.
I'm becoming a young adult I need to learn to control my own work.

Susan R. Laudeman (not verified)

Intergenerational interviews to connect family to school

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As a mother, a grandmother and a museum educator, I have seen too much adult pressure placed on children if you ask the parent to be involved directly in the Child's project. The parents push the child to their schedule of work, impose their adult organziational skills and inhibit creativity in the child.
A better way to involve parents and the extended family in the child's education is with intergenerational interviews (oral histories). this is flattering to family members to realize that they are a "primary resouce" because of their real life experiences. Food traditons, family tradtions, how life has changed since they were a boy or girl, dating traditions, what it was like to be a soldier,a minority, are some of the meny topics that parents, grandparents or extended family members should share with their children. It is how the culture is passed down from one generation to the next. It connects generations. It is important to teach students how to conduct a proper oral history before sending them to do field work. The student-researcher has to develop good listening skills and recognize that he is the facilitator and not the star.

Nancy Kay (not verified)

Parent Homework

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In my experience the use of assignments that include parents or community members has served to make a connection. Students have told me that their parents continue to ask about a class that has required parent input. For example, I assign writing projects that require data from the parent. I have also assingned a project where they have to interview someone who lived through the Great Depression. That assignment caused a real stir in the community as students had to go outside of their immediate circle of adults, and I had students report nothing but positive experiences.

Anonymous (not verified)

Parent Homework

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As a parent first and a school librarian second I abhor the idea of explicit parent homework. In high achieving school districts it is implicit. How was my third grader supposed to write a 20 page paper including charts, graphs, illustrations and proper bibliography, if I as a parent did not help him? My children attend a very competitive public school wherein 99% of the students go onto college. They even have a web service that parents can follow their children's progress in school without the child even knowing. It was designed so that parents can be involved with their children. I am a high school librarian in a school district that is just the extreme opposite to where I live. Explicitly assigning homework to the parents would be just as ridiculous as the other school district. These parents work (sometimes three jobs), or are in jail and their children live with relatives or in group homes, or don't care or just have enough problems trying to help their children out of gangs. The parents may not be able to do the assignment either, thereby reinforcing the "stupidity" of school. If the parent can get along without knowing this stuff, why not the kid? The only outcome of parental homework is giving more work to the teacher to dream up. This idea sounds like the person who thought up this sat at a desk, never even bothered to step inside of a classroom and I bet never even bothered to ask his or her son or daughter what he or she was doing in school.

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