How can parents eliminate the nightly tug-of-war over homework? In general, students are not excited about the homework they get assigned because they are bombarded with other options that seem far more exciting.
Grades 1—2 Being a student myself for most of the 70s and 80s and a mother of a recent high-school graduate, I empathize with the argument that homework assignments are often random and can take unrealistic amounts of time to complete. With that in mind, I frequently consider the homework I assign to my own first graders.
As each new school year approaches I weigh the purpose of the assignments and consider if they are making a positive impact not only in my students learning, but also in my students home school connection with their parents. To be a successful teacher, I endeavor to empower my students with the confidence and knowledge to succeed in their academic and personal lives.
I teach at a Title I school, where 93 percent of our students are profiled as economically disadvantaged and 66 percent of our students labeled at-risk. Many of the students I have worked with throughout my 10 years at Metz live in single parent homes with multiple siblings.
Some students had one or both parents incarcerated, live in shelters because of homelessness or were removed from their home situation.
Even with these deficits, our school still manages to attain recognized and commended performance levels on Texas state tests. Our staff and students work very hard for their successes.
To further contribute to these successes, I continually seek innovative ways to bring quality learning to my students in and outside of the classroom. Luckily, I have always had the autonomy to choose what homework I assign to my students and I strive to create interesting and meaningful projects throughout the year that will help extend the home school connection.
The Home School Connection One of the main goals of my homework assignments is to create opportunities for my students to interact with their parents and take time to learn about what makes themselves and their families special.
At the beginning of the year, in lieu of traditional homework assignments, I focus on the student and their family. The Family Page Project is a wonderful way to learn about your student's families. Parents are sent the Family Page Project letterwith instructions about how to work with their child to decorate a large piece of paper with interesting facts about their family.
I find that sending an oversized piece of white construction paper works better than a large poster board, which can be overwhelming to fill. The instruction letter is filled with ideas that families can use to decorate their page, but they are encouraged to complete it any way they like.
It is amazing how creative my families have been with these projects. In my third year of teaching, one of my students, Julissa, glued magazine pictures of people, but added her own families heads.
It was hilarious looking, and showed that her family had a great sense of humor. This year, my student Alex and his family worked together to create an amazing family book.
Another one of my students, Nathan, drew houses for all of his extended family members and glued in the faces of their dozen of cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.Homework, however tedious it may be, teaches responsibility and accountability.
For some classes, homework is an essential part of learning the subject matter.
Homework nips procrastination in the bud. One reason teachers give homework and attach a big part of your grade to it is to motivate you to keep up. If you fall behind, you could fail. Homework is important!!!!! Homework improve our thinking and memory. They help us develop positive study skills and habits that will serve us well throughout life.
They encourages us to use time wisely and working indepently. They teaches us to take responsibility in our work and allow us to review and practice what has been covered . Homework is an important way for parents to see how their children are doing (especially in elementary school when given in moderation and at a level the child can complete on their own) Education.
Homework, however tedious it may be, teaches responsibility and accountability. For some classes, homework is an essential part of learning the subject matter.
Homework nips procrastination in the bud. One reason teachers give homework and attach a big part of your grade to it is to motivate you to keep up. If you fall behind, you could fail. Homework teaches students how to work independently. Homework teaches students the importance of planning, staying organized and taking action.
School and homework show students the important life lessons, such as how to read and communicate with others, that they will use as an adult. Is homework a necessary evil? After decades of debate, researchers are still sorting out the truth about homework’s pros and cons.
One point they can agree on: Quality assignments matter.