Homework & Study



About 3.5 hours of homework a day for high schoolers? That's too much by Karin Klein (LA Times)

Equitable, Purposeful Homework by Jennifer Orr (ASCD). "One of the reasons homework is such a contentious topic is that there are so many factors to consider," writes educator Jennifer Orr. In her recent ASCD Express article, Orr discusses some of the factors to consider when assigning homework, including equity, purpose and creativity. She encourages educators to think outside the traditional realm of homework assignments while focusing on what will be purposeful and fair to all students.

Homework in Elementary School Divides Educators by Kristie Chua (Education Week). Students in middle and high school are being assigned about the same amount of homework today as they were in 1984, but the load for elementary-school students has increased, according to a Brookings Brown Center study. One elementary school in Chicago is replacing homework in certain grades with PDF -- play, downtime and family time. 

Homework: is it worth it? (Mempowered)

How much homework is too much? The nation's youngest students are doing three times as much homework as is recommended. How are schools addressing homework overload? by Sarah Caspari (CSM). First- and second-grade students have about three times the recommended homework load, according to a study from the American Journal of Family Therapy. The study also found that kindergarten students have, on average, 25 minutes of homework each night. The researchers say "the general consensus is that excessive homework not only shows no benefit, but may be detrimental." 

Why you shouldn't help your kids with their homework by A. Pawlowski (TODAY)




Funny homework answers from kids by Livia Gamble (Essential Kids). There's no beating around the bush with these kids, from cute and funny to the honest truth, here are some funny homework answers as written by children. Despite most of these being marked as wrong, we think they deserve points for trying. Click through the gallery above for 26 hilarious homework answers from kids.




Strategies that make learning last by Daniel T. Willingham (ASCD). In this October Educational Leadership article, professor Daniel Willingham discusses four useful study techniques, each with a substantial research base of both laboratory and classroom studies: elaborative interrogation and self-explanation, distributed practice, interleaved practice, and practice testing. He cautions readers to capitalize on research findings to improve their practice, but always temper the findings with professional experience for use in the classroom. 

Studying for the Test by Taking It by Benedict Carey (NY Times). Homework assignments in which students study mixed-sets of skills may help boost student performance on tests, according to a recent study. Students using a mixed-set model were able to solve 72% of the items on a surprise test, while students using a more traditional method -- one in which they studied skills in isolation -- solved 38% of the problems.



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