Homework has a big part of our conversation at the Oct. SPC meeting. Notes below, and add your comments, questions, etc!
Discussion about Homework at The Manning
- Homework is one way parents get to know school and one way that parents get to interact with school work.
- There is no overall homework policy at the Manning, instead homework policies vary by teacher and grade.
- To Mr. DB, the connection and the act of doing academic work together (parent/caregiver and student) is a large part of the reason for homework. It sends the message that learning is a priority and that you are supported in this process and I’m engaged in it with you.
- Jenna Ivers provided a comprehensive list of research and articles on both sides of the spectrum regarding the usefulness of homework. Find the articles here: http://goo.gl/0ByPni
- Parents are sometimes getting mixed messages, as sometimes students are encouraged to do their homework independently. Asking question of teachers is the best way to clear up questions
- Some parents suggested differentiation with the assignments students get to better address their different needs and focus areas. Many teachers do this. If you have a question, ask your teacher!
- Other parents feel that its an imposition on the family time and that its torture for their kids to sit still to complete it.
- A parent stated that they haven’t been able to find any empirical data to support the use of homework as a vehicle for academic success in elementary school.
- One parent has used homework more as a vehicle for self-management and ownership of ones own behaviors.
- Another parent has found it to be a great tool for building confidence. She has found that it is useful for her son and his self-management.
- How can SPC support parents in homework? –Things like math nights have been helpful.
- The takeaway: if you have questions about homework, the best thing to do is to talk to your teachers if you have questions. Teachers do not want homework to be a burden, and are often willing to work with families.