|Timestamp||Which of these are you?||Students: On average, how many days a week do you have homework?||Teachers: On average, how many days a week do you assign homework?||Parents: On average, how my days a week does your student come home with homework?||On average, how much time do you or your student(s) spend on homework per night?||From your perspective: Do you think homework helps you, your children, or your students learn?||From your perspective: Describe what your ideal homework situation looks like and what makes it ideal?||What other thoughts on homework would you like to share?|
|9/27/2012 14:44:42||Teacher||NA||1||2||0-1 hour||Only if the HW enhances the learning. If the HW is just a repeat of what happened in class and students don't find meaning, then it is a waste of time.||When the students rush to start the HW as soon as they walk out the door or when they are talking to other teachers about your assignments. Also when you ask them to complete one part and they send you an email asking permission to do more or be more creative with it. Those are my ideal situations for HW.|
|9/27/2012 14:45:52||Teacher||NA||NA||NA||NA||As a school, we do not assign homework. Students choose what they need to practice at home, or they do their own learning. Many of them read at home, but it is not assigned.||NO homework. Students become independent learners who own their own learning and choose to pursue topics of interest themselves. If they feel the need to practice a skill or concept at home, that is their choice. Students spend enough time in school 'working.' They need time at home to be kids, spend with families, participate in music or sports activities of their choice, etc.||Practice doesn't make perfect. Practice makes permanent. When students are constantly practicing a skill without guidance from a teacher, the mistakes made during that practice are the ones that are 'reinforced.' As a child grows older and gains understanding in his/her role in ownership of learning, the amount of time spent learning at home should increase slightly; however, if it is assigned from a teacher or another source, that learning becomes something else altogether-- a "have to do" rather than a "get to do." Learning experiences should never be punitive from an external source. Most homework is viewed as exactly that.|
|9/27/2012 14:49:04||Teacher||NA||5||NA||0-1 hour||Some type of reflection is needed. Maybe not at night but sometime..||Experimenting with a concept at night. Coming in with questions the next day|
|9/27/2012 14:51:57||Teacher||NA||4||NA||NA||Yes, I teach forgein language and the repetition is beneficial for the students.||I give worksheets and/or projects using the skill so that it is being continually reinforced to the student.||If there was a way to get students to do the work, and not have to worry about filling out a grade book for administration that would be ideal.|
|9/27/2012 15:09:06||Student||4||NA||NA||1-2 hours||I think homework makes us students learn a little bit better. I honestly think in-class work that is taught very well is better for us because if we have questions, our teacher is right infront of us.||I don't know.|
|9/27/2012 15:20:14||Student||6||NA||NA||NA||Sometimes, if i am not overwhelmed with it.||My ideal homework situation is to have it every other day.||Sometimes teachers should have a regulated test every so offen to make sure they know what they are suppose to be teaching and giving, as far as homework.|
|9/27/2012 15:24:26||Teacher, Parent||NA||NA||5||1-2 hours||As a teacher I prefer my students to complete work in the classroom so I can be available to help them when they need it. I teach computer science.|
As a parent I wish my daughter had less homework. She is in 6th grade and on some days spends over 2 hours completing her homework. I do see Math homework as time well spent, as the practice does seem to help. Other homework seems like it could be completed at school.
|Ideal homework from my perspective would be to encourage students to live an active lifestyle and become regular readers. We have reading time set aside for our daughter every night and she is involved in sports, I'd like those two things to be the majority of her homework each day, with math homework to practice skills learned in class.||I think often times teachers associate rigor with a large amount of homework. They think they are better teachers because they pile on the homework.|
|9/27/2012 15:36:12||Instructional/Technology Coach||NA||NA||4||0-1 hour||I think of homework as PRACTICE for what they have learned in the classroom. I think, like any thing else, the more practice you have, the better you get. I also think homework can help build connections between the outside world and school since students often see them as separate.||I am not opposed to homework as long as it is has a purpose, builds upon the content taught in class that day, and is not overwhelming or frustrating for a student. I also think it can help students engage in the content or build background knowledge (think flipped classroom). I do not think that homework should be weighted heavily in a grade book because I believe a grade should be about what kids have done in-class, not at home. You never know who has actually completed the homework...the student? the parent? friends?||I think that doing homework is a "life skill" we all have to learn so we can get better at what we do outside of the workplace/school (as professionals, as teachers, as students and as parents).|
|9/27/2012 15:42:30||Teacher, Parent||NA||NA||3||0-1 hour||Nope||kids learning things not necessarily covered in school||Research shows homework does nothing academically for the student. I think homework is simply the manifestation of the Puritan work ethic that was so loudly applauded for the past 400 years. Not all work is either meaningful nor useful.|
|9/27/2012 15:49:25||Teacher||NA||1||NA||NA||Homework only helps if the student fully understand the task. If students are struggling in class or doesn't have time to ask questions, then homework is very detrimental to them.||Homework should be no more than explaining what they did in class. Writing rough drafts would be fine to do at home as well.||I don't assign homework. I assign work. If the student decides to goof off in class and not work, then he/she has to complete the work on their own.|
|9/27/2012 15:53:26||Parent||NA||NA||5||NA||Absolutely, they learn skills like time management at the very minimum.||Assignment that extended beyond one day-- packets or projects that allow for flexible scheduling.||Prefer that objectives are clear and the work is purposeful. Don't send my child home with the assignment "Define these words". I'd rather the teacher say "be able to show you know the words on X and share a reflection of the strategy you used to do so".|
|9/27/2012 16:00:58||Teacher||NA||5||NA||1-2 hours||Yes. Like any skill you only get better with practice. Just like athletes students or athletez that do the extra work (outside of practice or the classroom) excel.||Tierred homework give students plenty of problems and they decide how much they want tp practice to get better.|
|9/27/2012 16:28:23||Teacher||NA/0||2||NA/0||0-1 hour||Homework is strictly practice of concepts from class. It's done as needed on an individual basis||Homework should be done in class where the teacher can help direct student learning. This provides a safe environment for students to practice concepts and allow for teachers to give feedback quickly. I also provide answers to practice assignments for students to reference as needed||Homework is outdated and teachers assign it because they feel obligated to.|
|9/27/2012 16:32:50||Teacher||NA/0||NA/0||5||1-2 hours||I think it's a horrible practice and I'm tired of hearing how teachers can "make it better" by making it authentic. The real issue is that it is forced on students. It's a violation of personal time.||Ideally, kids would learn on their own in a self-directed way.|
|9/27/2012 16:34:24||Student||4||NA/0||NA/0||NA||I think it helps improve the skills.||I think that homework should be just a few questions over the material covered in class.||It shouldn't be too much, because we're already in school for 6-7 hours, we shouldn't have to do a ton more after being home.|
|9/27/2012 16:36:32||Instructional/Technology Coach||NA||1||5||2-3 hours||The homework may help retention level, but not help with the ability to learn better.||Less repetition and more application, however math and foreign language may require some repetition. Shorter assignments lessen frustration levels.||Homework is not always bad. Today, kids are encouraged to be a part of extra activities at school, church, and their community. For those that take advantage of these activities and do not get home until 7 and 8 each night, it makes it difficult to do 2 and 3 hours of homework.|
|9/27/2012 16:43:28||Teacher, Instructional/Technology Coach||NA/0||3||NA/0||0-1 hour||I believe it helps my students in understanding classroom concepts.||I like to use HootCourse a Twitter app and have students Tweet as they read. This helps to promote understanding of the material and can engage in real and meaningful dialogue.|
|9/27/2012 16:48:00||Teacher||NA/0||2||NA/0||0-1 hour||Yes, if it extends the walls of the classroom appropriately.||Truthfully, I'd prefer giving no "work" at home, but I believe it is important for students to connect to learning outside of the classroom setting. In the classroom or at home, where it happens doesn't matter, so long as students become self-directed learners.|
|9/27/2012 16:50:19||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||5||0-1 hour||I think so. It certainly helps us understand how much they've learned so we can support it at home. They pick up a lot very quickly, and as a parent it can be easy to assume they're 'not quite ready' for certain things yet.||In k-4, a homework calendar that is clearer to track. SO much paperwork comes home from school. So much.|
|9/27/2012 17:20:07||Teacher, Parent||NA/0||NA/0||3||NA||With my teacher hat: Homework is not necessary for student learning. Sometimes it can have the opposite effect if a student practices a concept incorrectly.|
With my parent hat: much homework seems to be work that could be built into class time.
|Younger students should read for pleasure. |
Older students should have minimal homework, perhaps rewriting a paper.
|Students should not have a full time job doing hw after they have been in class all day.|
Students should not have hw over vacations, especially projects and the like. Outside of school, people don't have major events occur the day they return from vacation. "how was Hawaii? Did you make that PowerPoint for us while you were there?"
My views on hw have evolved tremendously since I started flipping my classes.
|9/27/2012 17:31:47||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||4||0-1 hour||Yes by reiterating the work from the day and|
|30 minutes of practice and or worksheets; ideal|
would mean my children are challenged
and yet feel successful
|9/27/2012 17:34:59||Teacher||NA/0||2||NA/0||0-1 hour||yes..it can set them up to better understand the next day's lesson||having it be tech based...flipped classroom stuff||none|
|9/27/2012 17:46:21||Teacher||NA/0||5||NA/0||NA||Yes, I do think that homework helps my students learn. I teach math, and I truly believe in the need for practice. I do not assign an unreasonable number of problems, but I expect that the students will spend a average of 30 minutes on my homework assignments. Some of that 30 minutes will occur during the school day, as I try to give my students time to begin their homework while in class with me.||An ideal homework situation would have the student sitting at a desk or table, notes from class are easily accessible, maybe in a notebook, maybe on their iPad (we are 1:1 at my school), maybe the notes are open on a nearby computer. I wouldn't mind if the student is listening to music, but I think television watching is a larger distraction and would prefer it to not be on while the student is working. I think the goal should be to create a distraction-free environment so the student can concentrate without being interrupted, so cell phones should probably be removed, too.||While I give homework almost every night, I do not enjoy the pressure to take grades on it. I wish I could assign it and students would do it without the need to get points for doing it.|
|9/27/2012 17:49:22||Teacher||NA||4||4||0-1 hour||I think it helps students if it does not waste their time practicing something they already know, or being frustrated by not understanding what to do. I think it tends to waste everyone's time.||Spending quality time with family members discussing issues, reading, and writing together, work related to real-life or student interests. Small activities that give students information to use more deeply in class.||I think students have too much meaningless, busy work, for homework! I am all for meaningful work!|
|9/27/2012 17:59:37||Teacher||NA/0||3||NA/0||0-1 hour||Yes. Practice makes perfect.||Ideally, homework reinforces the concepts students will need to be successful in class. It builds confidence in their skills as a learner. It should be able to be completed with little or no outside help.|
|9/27/2012 18:36:34||Teacher, Parent||NA/0||NA/0||2||0-1 hour||I see no benefit of homework beyond preparing for an assessment (a test).||I give homework no more than twice a month. It is when they are preparing for a test I'm required to administer.||Hate my 1st grade child has more homework than my 6th grade students.|
|9/27/2012 18:46:48||Teacher||NA/0||2||NA/0||0-1 hour||Only if a student does it themselves, not take answers from their classmates.||Having kids try their homework and bring questions about their troubles back to class the next day. That way the student is learning through doing and the teacher learns a little more about what is in the way of a student knowing how to do a particular problem.||I only count homework as 10% of the students overall grade...will probably go down to 5% next year. Homework is practice and I feel the students should be allowed to make mistakes and not be 'punished' by a low grade just because they didn't understand the work. This way they can learn from their mistakes and not have their overall grade reflected in their learning process.|
|9/27/2012 19:00:51||Teacher||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||NA||Sometimes it may be helpful but usually not when the same assignment is assigned to all students as "practice". doing something over and over again is not helpful without knowing where you need improvement.||Kids doing homework if they want to do homework. not forcing all kids to do an assignment that may be pointless for them.||the amount of homework given does not reflect on the teacher as much as the quality of and/or reason for the homework.|
|9/27/2012 19:15:01||Teacher||NA/0||5||NA/0||1-2 hours||I think that it helps them practice skills learned in the classroom. Primarily the homework I assign is to read a book of their choice for 15 minutes, and to finish unfinished class work.||Reading for pleasure. Also the occasional long term research project.||I think it needs to be thoughtful and geared towards student learning, not just busy work.|
|9/27/2012 19:17:20||Teacher||NA/0||2||NA/0||0-1 hour||The only reason my students get homework is if we don't complete the material in class and need it for the next day. I use the DI model of instruction.||Very little homework--teach some responsibility but put families first.|
|9/27/2012 19:34:57||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||0-1 hour||(answered the last question assuming you mean how much homework my students get from ME and not overall).|
I think some form of accessing the information multiple times in multiple environments helps. I've flipped 3 of my 5 classes and I think it's much more efficient. I want to cry when my Geometry students don't do HW because they don't get it and they're (probably) just stuck at home, alone, staring at it.
|HS math (for perspective): Students learning about something (via video or reading or something) and coming in with questions about what they've read/learned (in preparation for applying the knowledge in class the next day).||Access to technology has made the changes in my ideas re: homework possible.|
|9/27/2012 19:44:39||Educational technology developer||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||NA||Homework, as it is today, generally atomizes students, and stunts the growth of teamwork capabilities.||An ideal homework situation gives some type of power to the student to create his or her own homework project, and these should not be limited to individual projects. Students should be allowed to rally around an idea and work together to bring it to life.||The skills that will be important in the new reality of the near future will be much different from those which have served adults well up to the present. However, no matter what this strange new future ends up looking like, project management is important in every profession. Creativity, leadership, the ability to working in a group: these are all attributes which we cannot score on a standardized test, so teachers aren't being empowered to develop them in students. Technologies which connect students with each other are the key to unlocking the potential for this sort of teaching, but these technologies are generally disallowed in schools. Things must change.|
|9/27/2012 19:48:58||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||4||0-1 hour||I think some homework can help, but the homework my daughter brings home is mostly worksheets of busy work. I do see it reinforce what she's learning...which is a good thing. I just see it being the same thing every week, and my daughter is bored with it...and I don't blame her because I'm bored with it, too. ;)||I don't think homework should come home every night of the school week. Maybe one or two nights a week max. Homework should also be exploration. Students should be looking for things in their normal daily life that relates to what they are learning about at school. It could be math...or science...or social studies...or anything. They can keep a journal to record their observation and experience...or post it on a classroom website. They should be able to see that what they learn about in school relates to their real life. |
I also like the idea of flipping some lessons. Students can watch a 10 minute video from their teacher that covers the topic(s) that they will be covering in class the next day. Then class time will be spent diving deeper into the topic of the lesson. I also think that videos shouldn't be used for homework every night. Students need to see a variety of ways to get the information...and having to watch a video (or multiple videos) every night will get old. They will get bored...just like when they have to do the worksheet homework every night.
|9/27/2012 20:03:02||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||4||2-3 hours||I think for my 7th grader, her math homework reiterates the lesson she is supposed to be learning in class. I don't know that her teacher is doing a very thorough job making sure she understands what is being taught. I feel like I am re-teaching a lot of what she should be learning during the day.|
For my 4th grader, I feel that most of what she brings home is busy work. It is time consuming and she seldom needs to ask me for help. I think if she knows how to do it without asking for help from me, she probably learned it adequately at school. Her teacher assigns things to do at home that they don't even have a chance to start in class. She explains the assignment and then they are expected to do it at home.
My other 7th grader has very good time management skills and accomplishes 95% of her assignments during class time. She seldom ever has any homework.
|Ideally I would like to see homework come home only when adequate time was given for most to complete the assignment in class and they just didn't get it done.||I HATE Everyday Math!! Lattice math and partial sums and partial products....don't even get me started!!!!!|
|9/27/2012 20:12:36||Teacher||NA/0||3||NA/0||2-3 hours||Homework only helps if it directly correlates to assignments in class. Otherwise homework should not be given.||Ideal homework is work toward a larger project that a student must complete so the team does not fall behind in the next day.|
|9/27/2012 20:15:49||Parent, Woodside Neighborhood Association Board Member||4||4||4||0-1 hour||I dont think it helps them learn but it does help them memorize.||Idealy children would be given general topics and they would have to research what they find interesting in this topic handing in essays. Teachers would not have to waste valuable exploration time teaching to the test and giving hw to the test.|
|9/27/2012 20:21:04||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||0-1 hour||Yes. It is a good way for them to apply what they have learned in school in an environment outside of the classroom.||I am using a flipped classroom. So my students are using their homework time to watch a video lesson and take their notes outside of the classroom. This involves watching the video while filling in their notes and then also completing a few practice problems on their own that they can check with the video so that when they come to class we are able to discuss what they watched in the videos and then they have the majority of their time to work on practicing the concepts while I am in the classroom with them to answer their questions.|
|9/27/2012 20:26:11||Teacher||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||NA||I'd much rather have me, the teacher, be forced to pare down my curriculum, have my students learn with me present, and leave them time to be kids outside of my classroom.||0. Force teachers to be rigorous in the classroom, not at home.|
|9/27/2012 21:13:04||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||4||0-1 hour||I have a third grader, and she has about five to 15 minutes of math homework three nights a week. To my surprise, somewhat, I have found that I value it. It is not excessive--often it is just four or five problems. It is almost the only glimpse I have into what she is learning at school. It is brief and not busy work. |
She's also supposed to read every night for fifteen minutes. Fortunately she is not asked to write it down. She is an avid reader, and reads for pleasure. I fear that the more control adults exercised over her reading, the less she would like it.
|Minimal but consistent homework that is oriented toward problem solving.|
High school for my children is many years away. I know that I got much less sleep in high school than I should have, because I was doing lots of homework every night. I also read MUCH less on my own, because I hardly had any extra time. We need to look at the overall demands on children's brains and bodies and make sure that they can be healthily accommodated.
only when it's family engagement based & choice is provided.
|the ideal homework is a flipped default on the current "daily homework" - give it only when it is vital.||this topic is often talked about but rarely changed to benefit kids and families. It's time to take a stand. Alfie Kohn has provided me all the persective & research I need to move on this.|
|9/27/2012 21:33:43||Teacher, Parent||NA/0||5||3||0-1 hour||The right kind of homework can help them learn but can also reinforce a concept. Learning can come from reading a story or talking to a parent or other person. Some concepts can be practiced with homework. All homework can give parents an insight into the classroom.||The student does not dread doing what should be done. This is accomplished by giving homework that does not feel like busywork. From a teacher perspective, homework can give a community feel to the classroom as everyone comes in and discusses what they experienced the night before.||All homework is not bad. Bad homework is. Too much of anything is a bad thing so I would think a balance is needed.|
|9/27/2012 21:35:00||Teacher, Parent||NA/0||NA/0||3||0-1 hour||It can serve as practice but not much learning||Practice for skills already taught|
|9/27/2012 21:42:00||Teacher||NA/0||4||1||0-1 hour||I think it helps reinforce concepts that were taught in class, and allow students to sometimes got one on one help...if their parents or other adults are available. I think it also allows the parents to see the educational process their child goes through when working and thinking.||Ideally there is a blend of guidance and independence. I think it would be great for student choice to be more involved. For example, it could be taking a concept and applying it to their life.|
|9/27/2012 21:43:03||Parent, Administrator||NA/0||NA/0||5||0-1 hour||Yes I believe it helps reinforce what is done at school.||Short and sweet|
|9/27/2012 21:44:50||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||0-1 hour||I believe homework only serves as practice for learned material. It should be review and not a presentation for a new concept. I don't think it helps students learn, but it can be useful to help students with retention and as a measure for teachers to see what gaps exist in the mastery of material.||Ideal homework is minimal and engages the student in his/her environment. As an example, a math lesson on money could be done with a trip to the grocery store with mom. It shouldn't be just paper and pencil unless what is being practiced is writing.||Homework does not teach responsibility and students shouldn't be punished academically for not doing it.|
|9/27/2012 22:05:50||Teacher||NA/0||5||NA/0||0-1 hour||I teach English, so I find it more helpful and my instruction more effective if students come in having read the text already and then we can discuss and analyze it in class together.||Quiet, well-lit, access to computer and internet, comfortable chair, organized, easy access to school supplies|
|9/27/2012 22:07:11||Instructional/Technology Coach||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||NA||Homework can be helpful if the goal is to extend learning beyond the classroom.||When I was a classroom teacher, I assigned my G9 students 20-30 minutes of reading as homework. My students liked the model, because they were discussing and writing about the reading at school, rather than having the reading in class and the writing at home. I felt it was a nice balance.||I believe most homework assignments are poorly designed which is why many students and parents don't like it.|
|9/27/2012 22:29:37||Teacher, Parent||NA/0||NA/0||5||2-3 hours||Some homework is helpful if it is engaging and serves a purpose but sadly a lot of homework is busy work.||It doesn't overtake the entire life process of the household at night but rather is integrated into things that matter to a family on a daily basis. It is something they are excited to do a well.||I feel like kids (especially younger) spend an entire day in school, how can that not be enough time in a day to put in to learning tedious repetitive homework assignments that don't integrate real life experiences.|
|9/27/2012 22:40:43||Teacher, Parent||NA/0||NA/0||5||0-1 hour||It helps him hate math||A project is great because the whole family has to get involved in the planning||Some teachers use it as a punishment and a big hammer to crush the students who sometimes are already overwhelmed.|
|9/27/2012 22:43:17||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||NA||I do not see homework as essential to learning. I doubt the effort that is put into it due to the nature of the expectation of extending work to home.||My ideal situation is an extension of learning through collaboration via wiki or discussion board where the teacher is merely a facilitator and students direct the discussions.||I believe there is an expectation for "rigorous" teachers to assign homework. However, I also believe that homework robs children, who are overextended to begin with, from experiencing childhood.|
|9/27/2012 22:59:39||Teacher||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||0-1 hour||The only time my students have "homework" is when they don't use class time effectively and need to complete an assignment at home. In some cases I think it can aide in learning, but only if it is specific to educational goals.||Students collaborating/discussing a class topic on a social media site such as Edmodo or Twitter.||If you are going to give homework, you better make it count! (rigorous and relevant to the student, not the class)|
|9/28/2012 0:16:33||Teacher, Parent||NA/0||NA/0||1||0-1 hour||It helps my son understand the concepts (especially science, math and social studies) when do work together at home.|
However, I spend a lot of my after school time doing things that I need to do, and after teaching middle school all day...homework is NOT something I want to be doing in the evening or on weekends!
|No homework...kids are in school for 6 hours a day...get the lessons completed in that time so that they can relax, play sports, visit family etc||My son really struggles academically and he already has a hard enough time hanging in there from 8:40-3:00 every day Monday to Friday, leave the evenings so that we can have some very badly needed down time!|
|9/28/2012 0:27:27||Parent, my kids' 1st teacher||NA/0||NA/0||5||2-3 hours||It depends on the assignment, the school district and the teacher. If the homework assignment is specific to where my children are struggling, yes. If the homework is not meant to help raise the school's or district's standardized test scores (i.e. standardized testing curriculum worksheets, yes. If the homework is from a teacher who clearly explains the curriculum related to the homework and gives sources for students to use while doing the homework, yes.||Homework should be individualized to the child's weaknesses. Doing homework once a child has mastered subject matter is a waste of the student's and parent's time.||Parent don't realize that school districts normally have a policy on homework, specifically the length of time per grade level, and have a right to stop homework after that time, per policy, has expired AND their student should not be graded on what he/she was not able to complete.|
|9/28/2012 4:51:55||Teacher||NA/0||2||NA/0||0-1 hour||Only if it is reinforcing day's lesson||A review of days lessons involving thoughtful reflection. Must be followed up on next day in class|
|9/28/2012 5:38:10||Teacher||NA/0||1||NA/0||0-1 hour||Depends on homework. I give 10 Spanish vocab words/week and a 5 minute keyboarding lesson. Due to lack of technology and/or scheduling, it is easier to complete at home. I have seen large improvements in keyboarding speed and accuracy.||Homework should NOT take more than 15 minutes and be something that benefits the student not just busy work.||Too many teachers give long homework assignments that are totally meaningless!|
|9/28/2012 6:10:38||Teacher||NA/0||5||NA/0||0-1 hour||Yes as it helps to reinforce the concepts learned. Mathematics is a "doing" subject.||I don't grade, or record daily homework. If a student needs to do it then he/she should. If a student has a particularly busy night they can make it up a different night. Homework should help students, not be busy work.|
|9/28/2012 7:15:28||Teacher, Parent||NA/0||NA/0||4||0-1 hour||As a parent, I think that maybe it's important for my son to practice skills he hasn't mastered, but mostly his homework covers things he already knows.||As a teacher, all I ask my students to do outside of class is review ( unwritten) vocabulary and read independent , self-selected books. I love the idea that the students focus on learning curriculum things at school and playing/living/growing with their loved ones at home. I don't want to interfere with that.||At the high school level, our students who play sports and do other extracurricular activities may be on campus until 6 for practices( later on game nights) and it worries me that they are tired, stretched too thin even in their teens. I want the best for them, and if I can lighten that load, I will forsake homework assignments with glee.|
|9/28/2012 7:31:25||Teacher||NA/0||3||NA/0||1-2 hours||If it helps them to practice or if they are learning so that they can practice in class (Flipped Classroom), then yes!||Ideally, the student is eager to do his/her homework, is sharing what is being learned with his/her parents (I teach high school, so I realize this is not likely), and struggles a little and is proud of having done so.||It really means different things at different grade levels. My kindergarten son has homework that would seem like busywork elsewhere, but in reality, he is practicing skills like counting, writing, etc.|
|9/28/2012 8:23:40||Administrator||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||0-1 hour||If it is student specific and has a clear purpose I support it. I think it should be used more as extension than drill and practice.||Same as above - student specific and allows for extension that can't be done in the classroom.|
|9/28/2012 8:24:57||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||4||1-2 hours||It may, but often not the kind of learning that should take place at home||It is optional, self-driven/directed, expands on something a student found interesting and personally relevant.||Make it stop :)|
|9/28/2012 8:26:36||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||3||1-2 hours||Not as they get older... High school classes too difficult to assist with||Parent/students projects, research in the community; these are things I can assist with, that have meaning.||The fights that happen at home over getting homework done destroys the relationship with our children. Life is stressful enough without this!!|
|9/28/2012 8:45:37||Teacher||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||0-1 hour||Students practicing skills at home is not effective. More effective is when students practice skills during class with instructor giving feedback in small group or one on one situations.||I teach 7th grade language arts and I am currently trying to flip my class as much as possible. I would like to have my students view 3-7 minute video lessons at home a few times per week if they choose, and then spend all or most of class time applying the content/skills while I make rounds and have conversations with individuals and groups about how they're doing and where they are.||Most of my students have a number of social/athletic commitments on most evenings. The teachers on our building assign 1-1.5 hours of homework each day and wonder why most students don't complete it, or complete it poorly. These two cultures are not marching in step.|
|9/28/2012 9:07:23||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||1||0-1 hour||My perspective is that I do not think homework helps our family. I'm thankful that we have teachers this year that share the same views and there is very little homework.||No homework is ideal through the elementary grades.||It is essential to keep the lines of communication open regarding homework, for everyone involved, students, teachers, families and commit to working together.|
|9/28/2012 9:34:32||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||5||1-2 hours||Yes, absolutely! Practice makes perfect.||Most nights so far this year my son (4th grade) has the following homework assigned:|
- 20 minutes of reading, followed by filling out a reading log with a short summary of what he read
- Math worksheet practicing what they learned in class that day
And for "fun" we have him go through his multiplication flash cards, 0 - 12, every night as well.
This works out pretty well! Not so much he's frustrated, but enough that he's actually practicing the things he learned in class and solidifying them some more. I also like that the teachers send home a letter each week introducing the math concepts they'll be learning the following week so parents can actually help if their child has questions or struggles with homework.
|9/28/2012 9:40:55||Teacher||2||4||5||NA||The only homework I assign is reading. I don't feel that any other home has proven to benefit my students or my children. At home I don't call it home work time I call it fight club. The work assigned is boring and stuff my child is proficient at. Why does he need to do it? Also I think homework turns into a punitive thing. I watch my colleagues punish students and themselves daily by keeping kids in from recess because homework is not completed. Or better yet the keep them back from field trips because homework is not completed. What prevent them from an authentic learning experience for not doing homework!?!||Reading for enjoyment or enrichment activities. It would have to include a collaborative element wikispace? Google doc? Where kids can share and publish their learning. The teacher would provide materials for check out like iPods, digital cameras, and flip cameras so students can creatively captur their learning.||The more time goes on the more against homework I have become. I wish the students parents in my class agreed. I tried not doing homework last year and received several complaints from parents.|
|9/28/2012 9:54:31||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||0-1 hour||Yes, I believe it helps them review vocabulary and use linguistic patterns.||Child reads at least 10 minutes each night and then does some written activity with the vocabulary words that they are studying.|
|9/28/2012 10:06:33||Instructional/Technology Coach||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||NA||I like challenging homework but feel that we need to give students a chance to "try it" and that the discussion can continue in class.|
This would need parent understanding that they do not need to assist their students in completing it as it is a challenge.
For some students, a review of the days lesson cements the learning started in our busy school day. This should not be more than 15 minutes and is ideal for students in Grade 3 and above.
|Something that is not busy work. In math, this should be one or two word problems that are more than one step.|
In reading, this should be time to read a book that was chosen by the student.
I think that we should start a school wide list of acceptable sites to visit and this could be a homework choice.
|Our students are truly involved all day and for many there is after school activities. Homework should have choice built in and should not be so overwhelming that children do not have time to just reflect.|
|9/28/2012 10:07:06||Administrator||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||NA||No. I believe it is busy work.||Flip it. Do research at home, come to class with questions for mastery or drafts of work.||kill all the copy machines.|
|9/28/2012 10:14:19||Teacher||NA/0||1||NA/0||0-1 hour||Yes, I believe it is essential. However, I am very leery of parents doing the work for their children.||Homework that takes on average 15 minutes and is something the student can work on independently.||none.|
|9/28/2012 10:15:29||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||0-1 hour||I teach Kindergarten, so I feel that homework is put in place more to teach the students responsibility. It also gives parents a way to be involved in their child's learning.||Homework is given four days a week. Since they are 5-6 years old, it usually is one worksheet or one assignment. The worksheet reinforces skills we have already learned in class. An assignment is where a student practices a skill with manipulatives or white boards and markers. A parent or older sibling must be present to assist. For me, this is an ideal situation because it shows the kindergarteners that homework is part of a routine. They learn responsiblity because they are required to bring something back to school. The parents learn that a set time is essential afterschool and that they need to be involved in the student's learning.||I am a kinder teacher, so homework probably looks different with the other grade levels.|
|9/28/2012 10:54:02||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||0-1 hour||I think it puts some of the learning responsibility on the child and the parents. Teaching takes a village, and the responsibility should not just be on the teacher!!||The ideal situation would be a consistant time and place that the child comes home and sits down to work. The parent needs to be available for help if the child needs it!!||I teach Kindergarten, and although the homework looks completely different than most grades (and probably only takes 5-10 min.), I feel it is extremely important that the child gets inot a routine and has the expectation that they need to do homework. This will set the mark for the years to come.|
|9/28/2012 10:56:11||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||0-1 hour||I think it helps my students review what was taught during the day. Plus, it helps the parents see what we are learning in class.||My ideal situation is the parents lets the child complete the homework (on their own) and then checks the work as well as review the concept being taught.||N/A|
|9/28/2012 11:32:16||Instructional/Technology Coach||NA/0||NA/0||4||0-1 hour||I believe homework that is meaningful is helpful in supporting my child's learning process; however drill and kill is not, i.e., worksheets.||Homework should involve parents and be meaningful. For example if a student is learning about Geometry and studying shapes in their environment, an appropriate assignment might be going on a neighborhood walk with your parent/s and identifying shapes in the neighborhood and recording the data. It relates to the standard, it is made relevant by connecting it to their community and parent/s are involved.||Homework, should not be assigned for the sake of assigning homework. It should be modified to fit students needs and leaning styles from gifted to special needs. I see both sides of the coin, I am a parent and an instructional coach, so I understand assigning homework in order to reinforce concepts taught at school, but I do not like worksheets. Homework should be meaningful and involve parents. it is my job to work with my children's teachers.|
|9/28/2012 11:41:59||Teacher||NA/0||5||NA/0||NA||Math homework is given daily to help reinforce concepts being learned in the classroom. I believe it is helpful .|
Students are to read 20-30 minutes a night.
|Ideally the student will complete homework immediately after school. Math concepts reinforced, reading practice, and spelling practice 1-2 nights a week are given.||I give math homework on a daily basis, not a packet to be completed by the end of the week. This is more in line with the work being performed in the classroom and should be independently completed.|
|9/28/2012 12:00:21||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||5||0-1 hour||Absolutely|| An ideal homework improves study skills, especially time management, teaches students that learning can take place outside the classroom, involves parents, promotes responsibility and self-discipline, promotes good study habits and attitudes to learning.||Yes to grade level appropriate homework :)|
|9/28/2012 13:12:12||Parent, Instructional/Technology Coach||1||NA/0||4||2-3 hours||I believe homework is an important part of learning; but sometimes it is just over the top and way too much, I think they can still succeed with half of what they are bringing home now.||The ideal homework situation for my children would be half the homework they bring home now.||Not only am I a parent of students I am also a reading interventionist and I give homework as well; but I only give them what I know they will do and not too much.|
|9/28/2012 15:50:50||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||NA||Yes, because it reinforces what was taught during the day.||The ideal homework situation is a quiet place, sitting down and with good lighting.||Homework is a good time to teach responsibility.|
|9/28/2012 18:09:52||Teacher||5||4||NA/0||2-3 hours||To a certain point, yes, but when students are staying up past 11:00 to finish more than 3 hours of HW, it begins to affect their performance in school the next day.||High interest reading, some writing, some math problem solving, something to pique thei curiosity and give them sense if satisfaction.||I'm speaking as a high school teacher.|
|9/28/2012 18:40:39||Teacher, Parent, Instructional/Technology Coach||NA/0||NA/0||4||0-1 hour||Typically, no. However there are some assignments such as collecting items, making observations, having conversations,etc - things which can't be accomplished at school during the school day that are useful and necessary.||Homework should be restricted to things which can not by there very nature be accomplished at school, have a generous time frame that allows for students to schedule it over a couple of days, and not occur frequently.||Homework causes stress in my family life, conflict with my colleagues, and discontent among my students. It is evil - ; )|
As an instructor, I might assign homework once or twice in the course of a semester. I do encourage children to work on things we are doing in class if they are interested and inspired to do so. Whether they do or not has no bearing on their grade in my class.
|9/28/2012 19:02:56||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||0-1 hour||I believe it reinforces lessons taught in class. Math homework s important in practicing concepts.||Homework that requires expanding thinking skills and applying concepts taught in a variety of means||I believe it should reinforce lessons but it is important to give creative assignments that apply knowledge.|
|9/28/2012 20:43:05||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||NA||I think a little bit of practice each day helps. Since the majority of students are not intrinsically motivated homework encourages them to stay fresh with material.||I've been reading a lot of Joe Bower lately and he really influenced my current beliefs on this topic. So, (1) less in amount (2) flexibility in when its completed (3) re-do or do if not completed either correctly or not at all.||Educators should be more aware of the child's time when at home and not overwhelm the family unit with tons of homework.|
|9/28/2012 22:29:52||Teacher||NA/0||5||NA/0||NA||I choose to have my classroom sessions be interactive and discussion based with several activities. Homework is the time where they can reflect on the days activities and complete assignments for the next day.||I give home work for a topic before we go over it in class, this makes students better prepared for the next day's discussion and lessons.|
|9/28/2012 22:50:00||Teacher||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||NA||Homework is a wonderful tool for students to practice skills but should never be there only source of practice.||Homework that is engaging as well as inquiry-based would be ideal.||It would also be awesome to have homework turned in!|
|9/28/2012 23:07:30||Teacher||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||NA||Not primary students. Often parents help complete, not always how it should be done. Bright kids don't need extra, weak kids need down time.||Reading only, for pleasure||No|
|9/28/2012 23:24:07||Instructional/Technology Coach||NA/0||NA/0||1||NA||I'm an instructional coach and a mother of a kindergarten student. I understand NOW how important the purpose of the homework is. Right now it's a time for my daughter to show off what she's learned. For her it's practice, but mostly reinforcement from me the importance of education and time together.||Meaningful. 30 math problems are not it.||I like the idea of a flipped classroom, so that the teacher is available to help during the assignment to help support the student.|
|9/29/2012 9:34:52||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||4||1-2 hours||I believe it helps them learn responsibility, and if done correctly, can reinforce the skills and concepts being taught in school.||An ideal homework project can be done indepently by the student. The student knows the purpose of the work, and understands how it ties into what is being learned in school.||While I know there is a school of thought that says homework should be a thing of the past, I believe that if teachers make sure to plan purposeful work, and equip students with all of the skills and tools they need to be successful, homework can provide students with another opportunity to learn.|
|9/29/2012 10:00:00||Teacher||NA/0||2||NA/0||NA||I use it to see how much they know rather than help them learn.||Completion. I get between 100 and 50% completion which requires me to force students to do it during class or after school. I will not give a zero.||Would love to flip the class, middle school students are not ready for that paradigm just yet. Much homework seemed like busy work. More hidden curriculum about responsibility than learning.|
|9/29/2012 10:02:49||Teacher||NA/0||1||NA/0||1-2 hours||In my case, Homework helps my students because I am starting up the flipped classroom. My students are learning more outside of the classroom than they would just completing an unnecessary assignment.||Ideally students should have an assignment where they learn new things not where they complete random work because a teacher feels like they NEED to give students an assignment.||My students have been terribly programmed... They have been given so many homework assignments that during this first month of school they continuously ask "when do we get homework", or "why don't we have homework" or "is this homework"? |
Homework is just a terrible learning tool, unless it is something we and not a review alone.
|9/29/2012 10:04:37||Teacher||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||0-1 hour||In the school I teach in, we give students work that needs to be completed during the school day. If they choose to use their time wisely, they will not have any homework for that night. If they do not complete the work during the time allowed, then they will have homework.||I teach older kids so I do not find it necessary for parents to be involved. If the student has a question they should use their resources to find the answer. Other resources could include an adult, friend or internet.||I don't think that tons of homework is necessary. For younger students it is important to practice what they learn. For example, spending 15 minutes an evening going over math facts or spelling words. I do not feel their should be hours and hours spent on homework.|
|9/29/2012 10:29:44||Administrator||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||0-1 hour||I believe that reading to a parent is essential from 1st year of school. Once reading is established, reading must still be encouraged. In my 40 year primary/ elementary school teaching career, I have seen primary school aged students weighed down with ' projects' that ultimately become parents' work and with busy work that is simply a time filler so the teacher can say that they have given homework. My own 3 children ( now a scientist, lawyer and psychologist ) were too busy with their own love of Lego, creating experiments, science fiction, collecting etc to ever take homework seriously. As parents we simply insisted that they quickly completed the set homework so they would have their own fun time. Obviously at High School there was lots to do at home but children from 5 to 12 years of age should only do no more than 30 to 60 minutes. At my own Australian school we only give homework Monday to Thursday and it is kept to a minimum .||Check out boysforward.com |
This is an Australian educator's site on the best in boys' education. Dr Ian Lillico has devised the Homework Grid. The Queensland government has adopted it .
|Read, read read! If all any child did was develop a love of reading, our education standards would vastly improve.|
|9/29/2012 10:31:27||Student||6||NA/0||NA/0||2-3 hours||I do believe it does help me understand the concepts.||I am sitting at the table doing homework forever.|
|9/29/2012 10:34:04||Teacher, Parent, Instructional/Technology Coach||NA/0||NA/0||4||0-1 hour||While I don't love it, I do think its been helpful to keep me connected to my child and what he is learning. Now, this is only simple first grade work I'm referring to. I enjoy spending the time with him, but he certainly would rather not be doing homework. |
As a teacher, I feel there is a time and place for homework. Homework for the sake of homework is just ludicrous and does not help my students learn. I found providing students the open opportunity to continue to engage in content, inquiry, creation, and collaboration yielded more active and positive "homework" attitudes. Technology and web tools have played a large role in this shift.
|Based on need, different students will need different support at home. |
Choice is a big factor, let it be optional with zero penalty.
Make it worthwhile, utilize technology and make it collaborative.
|Last year in 3rd grade we stopped requiring students to read "so many minutes" per week and let it be optional. Students ended up reading MORE than previous years and parents appreciated not having to fight about those required minutes.|
|9/29/2012 10:57:27||Service Provider/ITCC-Lafayette||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||NA||As a service provider working with college-age students, I do think homework helps students to further grasp concepts better. For some students, it aids in working out flaws in their understanding of class lectures and discussions, creating a greater opportunity for success in school.||My personal ideal homework situation would be that enough homework is given, in a variety of learning styles so that I can relate to it, grasp its concepts, and successfully complete the assignment||I think teachers need to remember children have lives outside of school as well, and they need a balance of activities and stimulation to grow into well-rounded individuals.|
|9/29/2012 12:41:07||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||1||0-1 hour||I think homework helps me to reinforce how important education is to my child. I don't feel that through homework I have taught my child concepts but rather reinforced these concepts that were taught at school. In my opinion, homework just as importantly promotes an attitude than teaches academic concepts.||My daughter is a strong student and therefore I prefer homework that will show me what she is learning in classroom, allow me to encourage her academic success without having her spend a chunk of our family time in work she has already mastered.|
|9/29/2012 13:03:01||Student||4||NA/0||NA/0||NA||Homework doesn't really help that's why I hate it so much. It includes printing stuff from home and written stuff. I have too much of it basically||Hard cause sometimes I get it word||That its annoying and shouldn't get homework at all. Wish u can write it on the computer and email it to ur teacher.|
|9/29/2012 13:34:14||Parent, Administrator||NA/0||NA/0||4||2-3 hours||I think practice in Math is needed, but I question if it's necessary to give students 40 plus problems on the same skill. I think teachers should work together to try to spread out homework evenly over the week. Two plus hours of homework each night is too much for kids in middle school or below. I also think the concept of the flipped classroom has lots of merit for students of elementary and up. We are currently planning on trying this out at our school in middle school.||Meaningful practice of skills and no busy work. I think students watching a lesson the discussing the concepts the next day might be ideal. Homework only works if the student understands the concepts. It would be better to have the teacher available to help if problem arise. I think teachers assign lots of homework so they will have grades I their grade book too. Teaching should be less grade centered and more concept and learning oriented.|
|9/29/2012 13:52:05||Teacher, Parent||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||0-1 hour||As a teacher - no. I teach Kindy. Kids should play!|
As a parent - no unless it is incomplete work coming home. I see no benefit to spelling dictations & their subsequent corrections or honestly most of the homework that comes home as it is not specific to my child's learning needs. It is very cookie cutter and with one if my children being ADHD, homework is sheer torture for everyone in our household since medication is out of his system by the time we can get to homework!
|Children do work only as needed & specifically what little bit extra they need to solidify a concept, not simply as a supplement to what they are already doing at school. Also, limited work on take home projects. It's hard to encourage a child to do some if these things when I can't believe in their validity. |
As a teacher I want kids to be kids! Have fun, play and learn life skills!
|See Chris Wejr's blog post on Homework Why's vs Homework Wise|
|9/29/2012 14:20:06||Teacher||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||NA||I feel that students spen a lot of time at school and I personally do not like to take work home, I want my students to go home and deal with their lives without worry of homework. It may help my students, but I don't require it.||Everystudent has a computer to access online learning.||Deep consideration needs to be taken in what kind of homelife students have. I have a lot of poor and homeless students. Again, homework, or a quiet place to do homework can cast a big burden on a family who are more worried about eating and where they will sleep.|
|9/29/2012 15:00:34||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||3||0-1 hour||I like the amount of homework my son has this year. He has choices and he can do it throughout the week and turn it in on Friday. He does very well in school so I like the way it is done.||See above. I like assignments given at the beginning of the week so that we can work on it a little each night or spend more time and do it in one night.|
|9/29/2012 15:42:44||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||5||1-2 hours||I don't feel that it helps my children learn. I have 4 children in k-5 and I am very involved with homework completion, etc., but it is almost always emotionally charged or they rush through just to get done,/not doing best work. Some skills may be improved, but I can't tell that they are gaining increased understanding through the homework that we complete and it typically ends in a negative experinece for all of us.||homework needs to be something that the student can complete without parent intervention because in many families the support system to complete some projects, etc. does not exist. That just sets the student up for failure. He is going be graded for a project that his family failed, not something that he did and I don't believe that is fair.||I support independent reading homework nightly. I am also a firm believer in free/creative play and feel that children are so intense at school that so down time for play is imperative to learning and maturation.|
I can see both sides of this argument and I also think there are numerous variables that would determine which way is good. Yes, learning good study habits, personal responsibility, and time efficiency is importatnt as student's age, but if studies show that we don't really gain this from homework, is it better instilled via other after-school activities.
|9/29/2012 15:56:57||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||4||2-3 hours||I do not believe that homework is effective in teaching our children, it is merely a reinforcer of what has or has not already been taught. Several students may find it hard to complete the homework and may not have others at home who can assist them. When this oocurs it renders homework meaningless to the students.||Homework should be completable in less the 60 minutes. It should not be extremely difficult to complete nor present barriers of completion for students of different socioeconomical status.||Middle and high school teachers should work closer together when it comes to assigning homework to students do that major projects are not due from a student at the same time for multiple classes.|
|9/29/2012 16:22:30||Teacher||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||1-2 hours||As a teacher, work should happen at home when needed, not assigned on a given night to be completed by the next day. It does not help them learn. If anything it helps them learn how to cheat.||Homework when class time is not enough to finish to personal set of specifications. That's it.|
|9/29/2012 21:33:15||Teacher||NA/0||5||NA/0||0-1 hour||Yes||It should be short, concise, and purposeful.|
Usually my homework consists of a daily spiral review of math and language skills. I also ask that my students read for 30 minutes a night.
|9/29/2012 22:35:41||Teacher, Instructional/Technology Coach||NA/0||4||NA/0||0-1 hour||I teach 2nd grade so I feel that the homework is there to teach responsibility and good habits. I also find that most, if not all, of the homework is done while sitting next to a parent. I would say that 80 percent of my student's homework is done by their parents.||Homework should be a critical thinking or problem solving project. Things should be interactive allowing the students to practice application of skills rather than repetition or mindless book search and finds.||Homework should have a purpose and should not be given just to be given. I wish I could get my school to understand that the homework needs to be changed.|
|9/29/2012 23:09:52||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||5||1-2 hours||It depends on the homework. Busy work never helps, but sometimes my son does need extra practice at home rto help things click got him. My daughter never needs the extra practice.||Homework should be relevant, should never be introducing new concepts, and should only be given to help cement the ideas & skills learned in class. Most homework should be studying.|
|9/30/2012 14:28:11||Teacher||NA/0||3||NA/0||1-2 hours||Yes, I believe it helps my students learn.||15-20 minutes independent read every day (2 days a week spend 15-20 minutes class time independent reading as well). 3 days a week: 15-20 minutes of other Language Arts homework.||I believe "homework" is a valuable tool that should never go away whether we are discussing the traditional way or with the "backwards" classroom approach. One way or another I believe it is still imperative to have something to do for "homework" so that the parents can support and extend learning from the classroom.|
|9/30/2012 15:07:42||Teacher||NA/0||2||NA/0||0-1 hour||Yes I think that it can help them to learn, if it is done properly but often it is not done correctly and reinforces misconceptions.||I would like to see only work assigned for homework for practice after the students already have a solid understanding of the concept. Then, it should only be done for around 20 minutes so that students do not get board of it and do not see it as punishment.|
|10/1/2012 8:29:35||Parent||5||NA/0||5||1-2 hours||sometimes. othertimes I feel it is busy work. Spelling word homework is overkill. I can handle making sure my child is ready for he test without homework that is mundane using spelling words.||That it is necessary vs. busywork. That it takes 20 minutes. They have been in school all day they still need time to be a kiddo.||The expecations are too young too fast. The kids need more downtime once they get off the bus. If homework is helpful and drives home important information that is fine. But worksheets that are busy work...spelliing assignments that cause more hassle then help are frustrating forthe kid and the parent. Also, if the information is important enough to send home as homework it shoould also have a few minutes spent on it during school hours as well.|
|10/1/2012 13:29:39||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||NA||Homework allows for the independent practice that is needed for students to master skills. It also teaches responsibility.||Ideally the student would complete the homework with little assistance needed. However, if assistance is needed, ideally a parent or sibling would be available.|
|10/1/2012 16:39:01||Parent, Administrator||NA/0||NA/0||5||1-2 hours||I think that a small percentage of the homework that my children do helps them learn. It's probably more helpful for my middle school students as opposed to my 1st grade daughter.||Real life or authentic projects for kids to do at home. The rote memorization and math problem sets are not ideal.||As I high school principal I see this as a tough issue to change. It requires a considerable amount of time and effort to research options and come to a decision on making changes to homework practices. It's a tough mind set to break.|
|10/1/2012 23:29:21||Administrator||NA/0||NA/0||NA/0||NA||No. I think that too often, homework is used by teachers who don't know how to design more effective instructional approaches.||Students should be provided clear learning targets so they know what is expected of them. In class, guided practice and independent practice let the teacher and the student know how close the student is to hitting the target and clear, specific feedback helps the student get there. Once the student is on the right track, some independent practice as homework is ok, but I prefer to see it limited based on time, rather than a set number of problems. It's ok for the teacher to ask a student to spend 10 minutes practicing by himself. The teacher can then tell by reviewing the homework if the student was able to work independently or needs more help. Homework as practice attempts should not be graded. I agree that independent reading is a fine homework activity, especially if the teacher and student (or the parent and student) then engage in authentic conversations about what the student is reading.|
|10/2/2012 15:11:55||Parent||NA/0||NA/0||4||0-1 hour||Yes as long as its not busy work.||I think a 30 minutes of homework is good. Students are at school all day so I think it is critical for them to be able to have time at home to relax.|
|10/2/2012 15:21:57||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||NA||It is a good review, spiral review of items already taught.||A parent and child sitting down and doing the assignment together.|
|10/3/2012 9:45:46||Instructional/Technology Coach||NA/0||3||NA/0||NA||Yes!!||Reteaching with all homework materials is always good to keep students on task.||Have parents be more involved with students homeworks such as projects that would have to involved parents. Going to the Library to get books for an assignment,getting materials for a science project or any others project that would involve parents.|
|10/3/2012 19:35:32||Teacher||NA/0||4||NA/0||0-1 hour||I give homework that provide opportunity for skill practice. It allows for reinforcement. I'm not convinced that it helps in any way. The students are tired, they rush, they are unfocused, they'd rather be doing other things...who can blame them?!||An ideal homework situation would come after the kids have time to play, relax, unwind, chat with their families, etc. They would then spend 30 focused minutes on one task - reading and responding, practicing a math skill, researching a science concept, etc. Any assignment would then tie directly back into previous lessons and help move the curriculum forward.|