This is a great hands-on resource to help get more meaning into your students' homework assignments. Let's not cut out homework - let's cut out busywork and work that the child can't 'get' in the classroom. This resource gives ideas for meaningful homework that will be fun for the student. There are some hands-on ideas here that will seem more like fun and games than work! I would try to incorporate one or two initially and wait for the praises to come in. Have fun!
This article is for the parents. When parents approach you with homework concerns, it is necessary sometimes to think of the parent and realize that they need help too. Using empathy and giving them the tools to use at home most times yeilds great results. This article lays out simple steps parents can use to keep homework simple and effective. I will use this as a teach as well as a parent.
I like this useful resource because it doesn't just agree or disagree with the homework debate, it actually provides discussion points for dealing with dueling parents. Included in this resource is a self assessment, quick tips, links and videos along with professional development. I will definitely check this one out as it goes above and beyond with ideas for arming myself for the homework battle.
Kelly Wallace from CNN writes from the parents' perspective. Some parents crusade to enforce less homework in their elementary childs life by enforcing the 10 minutes of homework per grade level, which is the recommended guidelines by both the National PTA and the National Education Association. While some parents debate that homework for their child is necessary and would be disappointed if their kids didn't have it.
The foreward in this instructional guide is enlightening! Nancy Paulu reminds teachers to build assignments that combine learning and pleasure to keep learning fun, which keeps learning on a steamroll forward. If the kids are happy with the work and not just given 'busywork', then parents will be happy too. I really like how the guide is laid out so it is easy to use and gives lots of advice to overcome any homework hurdle with parents as well as the students.
Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank did a study and reports that students are, in fact, not overloaded with homework as the American Society thinks. This article gave me the fact-based ammunition to be ready to battle the parents that still think that their child is overloaded in work at home in the afternoons. It also gave me links to other similar articles to prepare myself further. Who doesn't like to be prepared?