She worries especially about socioeconomically disadvantaged students from low-performing schools who, according to research by Bempechat and others, get little or no homework.
sat down with Bempechat and Erin Bruce (Wheelock’17,’18), a new fourth-grade teacher at a suburban Boston school, and future teacher freshman Emma Ardizzone (Wheelock) to talk about what quality homework looks like, how it can help children learn, and how schools can equip teachers to design it, evaluate it, and facilitate parents’ role in it.
If we greatly reduce or eliminate homework in elementary school, we deprive kids and parents of opportunities to instill these important learning habits and skills.
We do know that beginning in late middle school, and continuing through high school, there is a strong and positive correlation between homework completion and academic success.
Try to find assignments that your students might enjoy, like creating a Facebook profile or blog for a character from a Shakespeare play you’re reading.
I’ve found that when students have a more manageable homework load, they’re more excited about school and learning in general.
“Homework is complicated,” says developmental psychologist Janine Bempechat, a Wheelock College of Education & Human Development clinical professor.
The author of the essay “The Case for (Quality) Homework—Why It Improves Learning and How Parents Can Help” in the winter 2019 issue of , Bempechat has studied how the debate about homework is influencing teacher preparation, parent and student beliefs about learning, and school policies.
Come on schools, Be more understanding, If you cared about the wellbeing of students there would be less depressive kids, Building and even a massive drop in shooters.
“Quality homework is engaging and relevant to kids’ lives,” says Wheelock’s Janine Bempechat.