…developing individuals to meet the challenges of a global community
back in full swing, “Do you have homework?” or “Is your homework done?”
are common questions in most homes nightly. The task of getting kids to
take homework seriously can be difficult. Parents often are unfamiliar
with what the teacher expects or how much to help their child. Fitting
homework in to the evening schedule is also challenging.
assigned and completed correctly, is a highly effective instructional
strategy (McRel) that boosts learning. However, excessive homework is
counterproductive and stressful. Parents gain good insight into what is
going on their child’s classroom through homework. Students learn
responsibility with consistent homework expectations.
Vatterott, author of “Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support
Diverse Needs” provides guidelines on what parents should know about
How much should I help?
Monitor, don’t hover or micromanage. Jump in when frustration builds, before
the meltdown stage. Praise the effort.
What’s good homework?
Work that has a clear academic purpose, not busywork or work that’s overly
tedious. Work that can be done without help.
How can I get my child to do it?
Explain to your child that the homework is not your job. Help your child with
organization. Rethink your child’s schedule of outside activities.
How much time to spend on it?
to the 10-minute rule of thumb, 10 minutes more per night at each
grade. (That’s 30 minutes for a third-grader, more than two hours for a
high school senior.)
Schools are committed to preparing students for real life. College will
have homework and many occupations may also require extra
responsibilities with deadlines.
goal is to make homework meaningful and increase learning for all
students. This requires ongoing and two-way communication with our
parents to see how we are doing. Please contact your child’s teacher if
you are struggling with homework concepts or completion. By working
together, your child will be more successful!
-Dr. Paula Sissel,