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get the most out of homework

by on December 13, 2011

Homework: Many students try to avoid it, but teaching and learning research indicates that children who spend more time on regularly assigned, meaningful homework, on average, do better in school, and that the academic benefits of homework increase as children move into the upper grades. Parents and families play an important role in the homework process. Together, families and teachers can help children develop good study habits and attitudes to become lifelong learners.

Q—Why do teachers give homework?
A—Teachers use homework…

*    To help students understand and review the work that has been covered in class.
*    To see whether students understand the lesson.
*    To help students learn how to find and use more information on a subject.

Homework is also the link between school and home that shows what children are studying.

Research shows that when homework is turned in to the teacher, graded, and discussed with students, it can improve students’ grades and understanding of their schoolwork.

Q—How much time should my children spend each night on homework?
A—Most educators agree that…

*    For children in grades K-2, homework is more effective when it does not exceed 10-20 minutes each school day.
*    Older children, in grades 3-6, can handle 30-60 minutes a day.
*    In junior and senior high school, the amount of homework will vary by subject. Most older students will also have  homework projects, such as research papers and oral reports,  that may have deadlines weeks away. They may need help organizing assignments and planning work times to make sure  homework is ready to turn in on time.  Your children’s teachers can tell you how much time they expect students to spend  on homework.  Place most concern on whether the homework is meaningful and whether over a period of homework is assigned in all of the student’s subjects.

Ask your principal if your school or school district has a homework policy. If it does, make sure that you and your children know and understand that policy.

Of course we can certainly help with most challenges your child may face. For these and other similar topics please stop by and pickup our monthly newsletter. You may even email us for an electronic  copy.

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One Comment
  1. Good information and sound advice.

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