Getting The Most Out Of Homework

Unhomework: How to Get the Most out of Homework Without Really Setting It3.75 · Rating details ·  8 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews

Of all the aspects of day-to-day school life, the one that causes the most aggravation and unpleasantness for children, their teachers, and their parents is homework. But the one aspect that could add the most value to children’s school experience, to their approach to learning, to their achievements in the classroom, and to their success beyond school as independent, resiOf all the aspects of day-to-day school life, the one that causes the most aggravation and unpleasantness for children, their teachers, and their parents is homework. But the one aspect that could add the most value to children’s school experience, to their approach to learning, to their achievements in the classroom, and to their success beyond school as independent, resilient, and resourceful life-long learners, is homework . . . done well. This book, drawn from genuine classroom experience that really makes a positive difference, is full of tips and ideas to help make the move to children taking responsibility for their own work....more

Paperback, 160 pages

Published February 20th 2014 by Independent Thinking Press (first published February 20th 2013)

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en españolLos diez mejores consejos sobre los deberes escolares

Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.

Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk. Parents can be supportive by demonstrating study and organization skills, explaining a tricky problem, or just encouraging kids to take a break. And who knows? Parents might even learn a thing or two!

Here are some tips to guide the way:

  1. Know the teachersand what they're looking for. Attend school events, such as parent-teacher conferences, to meet your child's teachers. Ask about their homework policies and how you should be involved.
  2. Set up a homework-friendly area. Make sure kids have a well-lit place to complete homework. Keep supplies — paper, pencils, glue, scissors — within reach.
  3. Schedule a regular study time. Some kids work best in the afternoon, following a snack and play period; others may prefer to wait until after dinner.
  4. Help them make a plan. On heavy homework nights or when there's an especially hefty assignment to tackle, encourage your child break up the work into manageable chunks. Create a work schedule for the night if necessary — and take time for a 15-minute break every hour, if possible.
  5. Keep distractions to a minimum. This means no TV, loud music, or phone calls. (Occasionally, though, a phone call to a classmate about an assignment can be helpful.)
  6. Make sure kids do their own work. They won't learn if they don't think for themselves and make their own mistakes. Parents can make suggestions and help with directions. But it's a kid's job to do the learning.
  7. Be a motivator and monitor. Ask about assignments, quizzes, and tests. Give encouragement, check completed homework, and make yourself available for questions and concerns.
  8. Set a good example. Do your kids ever see you diligently balancing your budget or reading a book? Kids are more likely to follow their parents' examples than their advice.
  9. Praise their work and efforts. Post an aced test or art project on the refrigerator. Mention academic achievements to relatives.
  10. If there are continuing problems with homework, get help. Talk about it with your child's teacher. Some kids have trouble seeing the board and may need glasses; others might need an evaluation for a learning problem or attention disorder.

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