As a kid, I had a love-hate relationship with homework. I loved those days when I didn't have any, and I hated the days I did. As a "mature" educator and parent, my attitudes have changed…but only a little bit.
Sure, homework is important! In fact, it doesn't take long to find research that shows how appropriate homework assignments contribute to improved academic achievement. Nevertheless, I still have a love-hate relationship with the stuff. I love when children get appropriate homework…but I hate seeing so many who repeatedly have unhealthy homework experiences.
Much of the problem seems to stem from very conscientious educators and parents who don't understand the key characteristics of appropriate homework:
- It leaves time for the child to contribute to the family by doing chores.
- It leaves time for the child to play and enjoy being a child.
- At least 95% of the content should represent repetition and review of things the child already knows how to do correctly.
- The parent helps only as long as the interaction remains positive.
- It's the child's work…not the parent's work.
In my new online webinar, "I Hate School!" Techniques for Helping Underachieving Kids Fall in Love with Learning,
I teach a variety of strategies for helping parents and educators keep homework positive and productive. One involves systematically noticing only the parts of their homework they have done well. One mother commented, "It was so interesting. As soon as I started focusing all of my energy on the math problems my son completed correctly, he became more willing to try the ones that he didn't."
This exciting and informative two night LIVE webinar will be:
Monday, February 22 from 7:00pm-8:00pm MT
Tuesday, February 23 from 7:00pm-8:00pm MT
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Charles Fay
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