This is an issue that effects both SAH and WOH.
This is an issue that effects both SAH and WOH. How do we feel about it?
1. How much is too much? I think that it depends on the child and the subject. Enough that the child gets the practice he needs for that subject/concept but not so much that it becomes busy work.
2. When is it useful? When the child needs the extra practice to really get the concept down. For memorizations of facts, such as times tables and spelling words.
3. Should it be given a grade or just maked as complete? I lean more on "marked as complete" rather than given a grade in the grade book. I would like the missed questions marked wrong on the homework and given back to the student so they can correct the mistake and learn from it. Not just "ok, you did it" and the teacher throws the homework away. The only thing the student learns from that is that it doesn't matter if the homework is completed correctly as long as it's turned in on time.
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett
Dylan gets maybe 3-5 work pages of homework on Monday to be handed in on Friday. About 1/2 are language arts related, the rest Math, with one Science/Social Studies page thrown it. Also he is to practice his Spelling words and read 15-20 minutes a night. The reading is on the honor system. He doesn't have to keep track of how long he reads or what he reads. Over all, Dylan can get his homework done in under 20 minutes per page (less than 10 if it's not Language Arts) IF (a very big if) he doesn't procrastinate or allow himself to get distracted.
Oh, don't get me started on makeup work.
I had to laugh at your response to #1 (in a good way, not a mocking way!) My daughter is absolutely dying to take honors algebra next year, when she will be given new material to learn at home. The idea is to see what kids can make of the new material and then discuss what they found in class the next day. She complains that a lot of what she has now is grinding busy work.
Interestingly enough, her math homework isn't graded, but the kids are only given credit for it if they can show their thought process and how they came up with their answers. All of her other classes have graded homework and all of my son's (elementary school) homework is also graded.
Most homework is useless busy work. In a well-run school, kids get all the handwriting and math practice they need. Something is seriously wrong when a kid spends 7 hours in school, then has to come home and write out his spelling words instead of reading or playing outside. Kids should be encouraged to read nightly, but this should be a pleasure, not an assignment. Other things, such as studying for tests and learning math facts, should be self-initiated out of a desire to learn.
When given at all, homework should be for long-term projects that teach a child research skills, time management, and writing or presenting skills. For kids who are doing well in school, homework can also be used to introduce new material. My kids are thrilled when they get to learn something new in their homework, and I'm pretty sure they're not alone.
When homework is given, it should be graded and treated as valuable or at least the teacher should go over it to make sure the child is learning the material.
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