If you expect your child to be well-educated, you have the responsibility of making sure your child gets educated, starting at home, with some basic fundamentals." —President George W. Bush http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STTu39tn1wY
Homework is an opportunity for children to learn and for families to be involved in their children's education. At parent-teacher meetings and in conferences with parents, teachers often hear questions such as:
Why isn't Maria getting more homework? How can I help Robert with his English homework when I don't understand it? How can I get Felipe to do his homework? Every night it's a struggle to get him to turn off the TV and do his homework. Why is Jonathan getting so much homework? When is Susi supposed to do homework? She takes piano lessons, sings in her church choir, plays basketball and helps with family chores. There's hardly any time left to study. Do homework assignments really help my child learn?
Establishing and communicate a homework policy
Parents and students need to understand the purpose of homework.
The amount of homework that will be assigned.
Consequences for not completing the homework.
Description of the types of parental involvement that are acceptable.
Communicate clearly with students and parents these guidelines.
Potential homework-related tensions that grow between parents, students and teachers.
Design homework assignments that clearly articulate the purpose and outcome
Why is homework important ? Learn to use resources, such as libraries, reference materials . Review and practice what students have learnt in class Prepare for class the next day Explore subjects more fully than classroom time permits Extend learning by applying skills they already have to new situations
Vary the approaches to providing feedback
Homework helps students do better in school when the assignments are meaningful, are completed successfully and returned to students with constructive comments from the teacher.
Providing feedback serves to enhance students achievement.
Research and Theory related to practice
Mastering a skill requires a fair amount of focused practice.
Practices increase learning.
While practicing, students should adapt and shape what they have learnt.
Shaping phase: learners attend to their conceptual understanding of a skill.
Classroom practice regarding practicing skills. Students should be encouraged to keep track of their speed and accuracy. Design practice assignments that focus on specific elements of a complex skill or process. Plan time for students to increase their conceptual understanding of skills or processes.
The book, Classroom Instruction that Works by Robert Marzano, Debra J Pickering, Jane Pollock, describes research-based strategies for increasing student achievement. This book provides some questions that will help guide you through the chapters