Homework

Education news, analysis, and opinion about assignments given to students that are expected to be done outside of class
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Classroom Technology Opinion The Company Crowdsourcing Homework Help
Rick Hess speaks with Michal Borkowski, co-founder of Brainly, about how the site crowdsources homework questions to its millions of users.
Rick Hess, July 14, 2021
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Teaching How the Pandemic Prompted Teachers to Give Students More Flexibility, Choice (in Charts)
A majority of teachers say they now give students more leeway over how to complete assignments and more opportunities to revise their work.
Benjamin Herold, May 10, 2021
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Education Idled High School Students Aren't Getting Much Homework Yet, Survey Finds
While parents say they aren't seeing students doing much homework, a new survey finds, they are optimistic their schools will re-open by fall.
Debra Viadero, March 24, 2020
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Teaching Opinion Why We Should Give Students a Homework Break Over the Holidays
Giving students time to recharge over holiday breaks is important, writes teacher Christina Torres. Here are her ideas for creative things you can do to keep students engaged in learning without assigning homework.
Christina Torres, December 11, 2019
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School & District Management What the Research Says Lack of Internet Access Hamstrings Homework Efforts
One in 5 urban teachers say most of their students don't have the home access to the internet necessary to do assignments outside of class, finds a new teacher survey by the nonprofit Common Sense Media.
Alyson Klein, September 24, 2019
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Teaching Opinion 'Should Grades Be Based on Classwork?' And Other Questions We Should Stop Asking
Many of education's most common questions skip a logical step or two, warns Alfie Kohn.
Alfie Kohn, September 3, 2019
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Standards Report Roundup Homework
Much of the homework students are asked to do aligns to the Common Core State Standards, finds a new analysis from the Center for American Progress—but it overwhelmingly focuses on rote learning.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 26, 2019
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Standards Is Homework Valuable or Not? Try Looking at Quality Instead
Although homework does tend to align to standards, a lot of it is busywork, rather than work requiring students to synthesize, analyze, or use higher-order thinking skills.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 13, 2019
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Student Well-Being Breaking the Link Between Parents' Math Anxiety and Students' Progress
Out-of-school family time around math may help children succeed even when their parents dread the subject, according to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
Sarah D. Sparks, December 4, 2018
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A kindergarten student works on a coloring project at Fallsmead Elementary School in Rockville, Md.
A kindergarten student works on a coloring project at Fallsmead Elementary School in Rockville, Md.
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Teaching Kindergarten Homework: Too Much Too Early?
Listen to parents and educators, and you’ll hear some strong—and mixed—opinions on how or even whether kindergartners should be swept into the homework swirl.
Marva Hinton, November 12, 2018
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Teaching What's the Right Amount of Homework? Many Students Get Too Little, Brief Argues
A new article from Education Next asserts that students from low-income families may not be getting enough homework.
Sarah Schwartz, October 10, 2018
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Assistant Principal Jolene Grimes, left, talks with new students during a family night for incoming freshmen at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle.
Assistant Principal Jolene Grimes, left, talks with new students during a family night for incoming freshmen at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle.
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School & District Management Tackling Two 'Danger Zones' of Freshman Year: Attendance and Homework
A Seattle partnership between researchers and practitioners is using a continuous improvement approach to improve outcomes for students making the rocky transition from 8th to 9th grades.
Catherine Gewertz, June 19, 2018
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Families & the Community Report Roundup Homework
Parent support can help keep students on track academically, but a new study suggests a light touch can be more helpful.
Sarah D. Sparks, May 15, 2018
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Teaching Opinion How Much Homework Is Enough? Depends Who You Ask
Author and speaker Sir Ken Robinson considers the role of homework in the academic lives of children—an issue that is still up for debate.
Sir Ken Robinson & Lou Aronica, April 19, 2018
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