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HOMEWORK

 

a. Absent

When students plan to be absent (for example, a family vacation), teachers will not provide homework in advance. We recommend daily reading, journal writing and Internet research.

 

b. Homework Policy

 

Homework, such as home reading, uncompleted class work, study sheets to prepare for tests and exams, etc.  may be sent home, for the benefit of students. This homework will not be evaluated nor will it count on report cards.

 

Some research suggests that too much homework may cause more harm than good, especially for younger students. “The 10-Minute Rule” suggests that kids should be doing about 10 minutes of homework per night per grade level. In other words, 10 minutes for first-graders, 20 for second-graders and so on.

 

c. Here is what some of the research says:

  1. In general, homework has substantial benefits at the high school level, with decreased benefits for middle school students and little benefit for elementary students (Cooper, 1989; Cooper et al., 2006).

  2. While assigning homework may have academic benefits, it can also cut into important personal and family time (Cooper et al., 2006).

  3. Assigning too much homework can result in poor performance (Fernández-Alonso et al., 2015).

  4. A student’s ability to complete homework may depend on factors that are outside their control (Cooper et al., 2006; OECD, 2014; Eren & Henderson, 2011).

  5. The goal shouldn’t be to eliminate homework, but to make it authentic, meaningful, and engaging (Darling-Hammond & Ifill-Lynch, 2006).

(credit: Research Trends: Why Homework Should Be Balanced - Edutopia)

 

d. What can you do with your kids instead of homework? 

  • Relax

  • Play outside

  • Cook together

  • Learn about animals

  • Be silly

  • Go to the beach

  • Make a fort

  • Learn how to make music

  • Go play at the neighbours

  • Play with Grandma or Grandpa

  • Read a book together

  • Go for a walk together

  • Work in a garden

  • Do an arts project

  • Do an experiment together

  • (credit: The Reflective Educator)

 

e. Related Articles

There are many articles about homework at the elementary level, here are a couple:

Homework in elementary school is useless - Today's Parent

Homework: No Proven Benefits - Edutopia

For more on this subject, you can read this excerpt From The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It, Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish (New York: Crown Publishers, 2006).