Do kids get too much homework ?
The Gold Coast Bulletin contacted me in August last year and asked for my input into this current issue in classrooms around Australia.
See the article published 25 August 2014.
Boost Education in the Gold Coast Bulletin
As as Educator, I believe in homework however the learning tasks should allow a child to complete them with minimal assistance. In other words, homework tasks should consolidate work covered in the classroom and be completed independently. In regards to Spelling components, drill and practice activities using the read, cover, write and check strategy, is very popular and also very effective, as it is one important component of a teaching spelling to a child.
In today's classrooms, there are so many time restrictions, that homework can also include completing unfinished work from school. I personally use this as a classroom management tool, which teaches my students to focus and complete tasks in appropriate times that I set within the classroom. Students soon learn responsibility and it eliminates disruption to other students learning in my classroom.
Many schools and Lead Teachers have policies and procedures regarding homework, which restrict classroom Teachers, and have to follow the guidelines given to them, regardless of their educational pedagogy.
Unfortunately, time plays a major factor in this educational issue...
how much is too much
each student has different learning capacities
differing technology at home
parents view of homework
Homework can be painful and difficult for students who struggle to complete the tasks, yet it teaches students discipline, routine and responsibility in relation to personal learning and achievement.
This issue can create a blockage in the relationship between parents and Teachers. My advice to both Teachers and parents, is keep an open dialogue with each other. Some students thrive on homework and can't get enough, other students will struggle and it then starts to affect their confidence. Handle each case differently, as ultimately Education should help a child reach their full potential and develop a child's spirit.
If a student's learning starts to be impeded by homework and affects them to the point it creates personality issues (anxiety, behavioural issues...), then it should be reviewed in my opinion.
Teachers should always keep your Lead or Supervising Teacher informed of deviations from the school's homework policy and seek support from your colleagues.
What do you think.... ? Have your say below….
Rachel Wills is the Founder and Executive Teacher @ Boost Education Australia. Graduating with a Bachelor of Education as a 'targeted graduate' she has been teaching for 17+ years and has spent the last 14 years working with students with learning difficulties and disorders.
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