With the heavy focus on standardized testing already in schools, losing precious out-of-school homework time drastically diminishes how long teachers can devote to thoroughly covering a given subject, as well as the depth and amount of topics they can cover in a school year.
Nightly practice of any concept keeps the brain engaged in the topic and helps the student focus. Karen Spychala, a teacher in San Jose, believes homework has value, but is concerned about its potential to consume too much time outside the school day.
There should be agreed upon standard homework times per grade level. One option is changing the paradigm of assigned homework to infuse hands-on, student-led engagement with class lessons as a way of piquing student interest in the material.
Angela Downing, an elementary school teacher in Newton, Massachusetts, has found great success in displaying excellent student homework on the walls inside and outside of her classroom. So bombarding them with homework will make them feel burnt out. Counterproductive Rather than improving educational achievement, heavy homework load can negatively affect the performance of students. Students need to learn things in a classroom environment, but they also need to be able to spend time exploring other activities outside of school, spend time with friends, go on family vacation, to name a few.
This is because some parents or tutors are the ones doing these assignments. This means that the benefits of homework tasks as the learning tool are entirely lost. Students are learning all the time in the 21st century. According to a recent article in MindShift traditional homework will become obsolete in the next decade. With access to software programs, worldwide connections, and learning websites such as the Khan Academy, learning occurs all the time.
Rather than assigning homework, create a true interest in learning. They will often pursue learning about topics they like on their own. After all, this is the way of the 21st century and information is everywhere. Yes, too much homework can actually be a bad thing. A Duke University study that reviewed studies found a weak link between achievement and homework at the elementary level and only a moderate benefit at the middle school level.
In a similar recent review of 60 studies, researchers at Duke U found assigning homework was beneficial, but excessive amounts of homework was counterproductive. The research found homework was more beneficial for older students than younger ones. Cooper suggests that teachers at the younger level may assign homework for improving study skills, rather than learning, explaining why many studies concluded less benefit for younger children.
Many teachers do not receive specific training on homework. Cooper suggests that homework should be uncomplicated and short, involve families, and engage student interests. A Stanford study found that in countries like Japan, Denmark, and the Czech Republic little homework was assigned and students outperformed students in counties with large amounts of homework such as Greece, Thailand, and Iran.
American and British students seem to have more homework than most counties, and still only score in the international average. In fact, Japan has instituted no homework policies at younger levels to allow family time and personal interests. Finland, a national leader in international tests, limits high school homework to half hour per night.
Of course, there are other factors not taken into account in the study, such as length of the school day. But in itself, it is interesting to see this issue from a world perspective. Instead of assigning homework, suggest they read for fun. There are great holiday stories and books you can recommend to parents and students.
If you approach the activity with a holiday spirit, many students will be engaged. They may want to check out the stories on their own. You can start by reading the first chapter in class and leaving them intrigued. For instance, you can read the first chapter of The Gift of the Magi and suggest students read it over winter break. With younger students, you might promise roles in a play for students who read over break.
Most academics agree that busy work does little to increase learning. It is best to not assign packets of worksheets if they do nothing to add to student learning. Some studies show that much homework may actually decline achievement. Assigning excessive amounts of homework may be detrimental.
In fact, a study by Yankelovick found that reading achievement declined when students were assigned too much homework. Actually, interesting reading such as Harry Potter produced higher reading achievement. Doing homework is also a great way to develop responsibilities.
By being assigned work one day and knowing that it has to be done by the next day, they will develop a sense of punctuality by turning their work in on time. And finally it allows parents to see how their children are being educated and they can develop a better idea of how they can help their child. However, some parents, students and even some teachers feel that after hours of lessons in school, it is unfair to expect students to come home and work for another three hours.
The Potential Harm The first reason that children should not be given homework is that they need time to relax and take their minds off work.
High schools in Ridgewood, N. While some students remember things be rereading the same text several times, others memorize and understand the topic in-depth if they watch a related video.
Minimizing Screen Time Without homework to do, a student spends up to 8 hours in front of the screen per day. You can then send a letter with the survey results. Going outside, dedicating time to friends, attending hobby clubs, helping parents , and, yes, watching TV and playing games make kids feel kids. Rather than assigning homework, create a true interest in learning. If we reduce homework to two hours or less, is my kid really going to be okay?
Brain scientists know that rest and exercise are essential to good health and real learning.
If the teacher thinks physical activity is important, students will too.
Our unquestioned acceptance of homework also flies in the face of all we know about human health, brain function and learning.
One option is changing the paradigm of assigned homework to infuse hands-on, student-led engagement with class lessons as a way of piquing student interest in the material. The constant demands on my time since 5th grade are just going to continue through graduation, into college, and then into my job. Sadly, homework eats up the time children have to do all these.
After that, they need to be kids and teens. Kids need rest! Angela Downing, an elementary school teacher in Newton, Massachusetts, has found great success in displaying excellent student homework on the walls inside and outside of her classroom. Short of that, we can at least sensibly agree on a cap limiting kids to a hour workweek — and fewer hours for younger children.
Homework can have a negative influence on early learning experiences. Instead of assigning homework, suggest they read for fun.