Homework Expectations

 

     Homework Policy

 

 There are two books that challenged me about the way I view homework,  The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn and The Case Against Homework by Sara Bennett.  It was surprising to learn that research shows there is little or no evidence of any academic benefit from homework in elementary school, particularly primary grades.  It does not help kids learn better or increase academic achievement.  It also does not make kids more responsible or foster better work habits.  

           

Homework interferes with family time and can create stress for both the parent and child, especially if the homework is difficult.  There is evidence to show that many students become less interested in learning, and homework can have a negative impact on intellectual curiosity.   My overall goal is to create life-long learners.  I do not want homework to take away the joy of school and learning. 

 

I strongly believe reading for pleasure is a good way to spend time at home.  Sustained reading helps students become proficient readers.  I expect students to read at least 20-30 minutes an evening.  It will be up to you and your child to make sure your child is reading.  I am no longer doing Reading Logs.

 

Math and spelling assignments will be completed in school so that students needing help can get it.  Occasionally, your child may have an activity to complete at home if he/she did not complete it at school.    

 

I anticipate happier students who work hard in school, have more quality time with their families and time to just be kids. I also think you and your child should be deciding how to spend your evenings.  I have received positive feedback and support from parents about this policy. 

 

My experience as an educator supports what is known from the research; that there is little, if any benefit of assigning homework. However, if you strongly disagree and think your child should have homework, or your child simply wants homework, I will work with him or her to come up with appropriate homework.   I welcome your feedback.