Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Too Much Homework?

I've been asked by many parents through the years what they should do if they feel their child's homework load is excessive.  It's a tough question to answer because there is no one answer.  And, really, that's why I started this blog, to be a resource for parents, teachers and students who were struggling with issues of quality and quantity of homework.

I suggest you start with this article called
Homework: How Much Is Too Much.

This informative article gives you suggestions about how to talk to teachers about homework expectations, it mentions the 10-minute/grade level rule, it gives great book suggestions, it opens a dialogue for an opt-out policy, it gives a sample school district homework policy guideline, it suggests healthy ways kids can spend their time NOT doing homework.

You have to do your own homework to deal with this issue.  Sadly, there is no one, quick solution, so I suggest you read this article, and start here.

My journey with this issue began when I read The Homework Myth by Alfie Kohn and had an informal discussion with friends about it.  I also found the website Stop Homework by Sara Bennett.  The good news is that in the six years I've been reading and writing about this subject, much awareness has been brought to this topic. Dig around my blog a little and you will find a multitude of resources to help you in your grassroots effort to re-think established homework norms.

I have so many excellent resources listed on my blue sidebar on the right side of this blog.  Check out: Homework ArticlesHomework DVDs and AudioBooks on Homework.

Your journey has already begun by finding my blog!  Pass it on to others who also struggle with this topic.

And, feel free to leave comments.

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