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Why It's Time To Rethink (And Question) Homework

The concept of homework as we have known it in the past is changing rapidly, since it often distorts the overall picture of learning. Flipped classrooms, the ability to use the same technology and tools both in and out of the classroom, and personalized learning are making ripples in the education world.

5 Ways to Change Up Homework Time

Homework. I've pretty much despised that word since 1988 (give or take). Even back then, I knew that homework was good for me, in the very broad sense. I knew it helped me be better prepared for class, and I knew it helped me perform better on quizzes and tests.

How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic

When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to 'fix' it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do ...

U.S. Students Are Not Overburdened by Homework, Study Says

Anxiety that American students are being crushed by excessive amounts of homework is nothing new—in 1901, anti-homework crusaders succeeded in banning schoolwork at home for students under age 15 in California. (Their claim: school assignments threatened children's physical and mental health and usurped parents' authority.) But are students really overburdened with homework?

Why It's Time To Rethink (And Question) Homework

The concept of homework as we have known it in the past is changing rapidly, since it often distorts the overall picture of learning. Flipped classrooms, the ability to use the same technology and tools both in and out of the classroom, and personalized learning are making ripples in the education world.

How a "no-homework" policy is working for these schools

Sep. 8, 2014 at 9:44 AM ET Fed up with the tension over homework, some schools are opting out altogether. No-homework policies are popping up all over, including schools in the U.S., where the shift to the Common Core curriculum is prompting educators to rethink how students spend their time.

Homework in Elementary School Divides Educators

"PDF"-play, downtime, and family time-has replaced homework for kindergartners, 1st graders, and 2nd graders at one Chicago elementary school, according to the Sun Times. Calling it a "grand experiment," Hamilton Elementary School principal James Gray hopes that eliminating homework will help children develop a genuine love of learning, instead of requiring them to do more work at home after a long day at school.

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Why one dad hates homework as much as his kid does

16 minutes ago Fall is in the air, the days are growing shorter, and the backpacks all the heavier. Homework is back, and it is bending backs, too. It is a heavy load for a kid to carry, and I am as unhappy about it as my 11-year-old middle school student.

Two hours' homework a night linked to better school results

Spending more than two hours a night doing homework is linked to achieving better results in English, maths and science, according to a major study which has tracked the progress of 3,000 children over the past 15 years.

Homework: An unnecessary evil? ... Surprising findings from new research

A new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study -- and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves.

Homework: An unnecessary evil? ... Surprising findings from new research

A new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study -- and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves.

Is Homework Helpful?: The 5 Questions Every Teacher Should Ask

The Common Core has asked teachers to increase rigor by diving deeper into the material. Consequently, everything has been ramped up, classwork and homework no exception. My nephew, a fourth grader, has 40-50 minutes of homework a night plus independent reading and projects.

How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile?

Do American students have too much homework, or too little? We often hear passionate arguments for either side, but I believe that we ought to be asking a different question altogether. What should matter to parents and educators is this: How effectively do children's after-school assignments advance learning?

4 Ways to Know if the Homework is Useful?

Schools have a habit of giving homework to the students, in an attempt to make them learn more in an effective manner. Seldom do teachers think of testing the homework and understanding its productivity levels. Homework is never thought of a way to improve the quality of learning; rather it is just a mandatory thing for schools.

Homework is making our kids miserable: Why the classroom staple is a colossal waste of time

This article originally appeared on AlterNet. We tend to think of homework as a necessary part of learning, a practice that teaches children discipline and keeps them from idleness. Yet a growing body of research reveals an astonishing truth: homework has little to no benefit in enhancing learning or performance in elementary and middle school, and only minor benefits, usually in math, in high school.

How a "no-homework" policy is working for these schools

Sep. 8, 2014 at 9:44 AM ET Fed up with the tension over homework, some schools are opting out altogether. No-homework policies are popping up all over, including schools in the U.S., where the shift to the Common Core curriculum is prompting educators to rethink how students spend their time.

Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

Maurice Elias Prof. of Psychology, Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab, Director, the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service The real question we should be asking is, "What do we believe should happen after the end of the school day to help ensure that students retain what they have learned and are primed to learn more?"

Homework vs. No Homework Is the Wrong Question

Maurice Elias Prof. of Psychology, Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional Learning Lab, Director, the Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service The real question we should be asking is, "What do we believe should happen after the end of the school day to help ensure that students retain what they have learned and are primed to learn more?"

How to Create Effective Homework

Based on a recent spate of articles on homework, it's clear that the homework wars - how much? how often? - are still topic of big interest to both parents and teachers. Some teachers hate to give homework; others see it as a vital necessity.

Is Homework Worthwhile?

If you're confused about homework, you're forgiven. In a single day, you might hear a story about how U.S. education lacks rigor and another about how students are overburdened and stressed. Some children are taking admittance tests for preschools, and others are being "unschooled" by their parents.

What Kinds of Homework Seem to be Most Effective?

If you made it past the headline, you're likely a student, concerned parent, teacher or, like me, a nerd nostalgist who enjoys basking in the distant glow of Homework Triumphs Past (second-grade report on Custer's Last Stand, nailed it!). Whoever you are, you're surely hoping for some clarity in the loud, perennial debate over whether U.S.

Homework: An unnecessary evil? ... Surprising findings from new research

A new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study -- and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies (carefully) rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves.

What would happen if an elementary school abolished homework? This.

Citing the lack of evidence that homework does much if anything to improve academic performance in elementary grades, a principal in Manhattan notified parents that there would be no more after-school assignments for the public school’s students. And then came the rebellion—not from teachers, but...

Principal: What happened when my school ended useless homework

And what young children now do when they go home.