Jan 2, 2016

A Summary of Homework Research

 Research Trends: Why Homework Should Be Balanced

This is a nice summary of the research and a jumping-off-point for real conversations on the value of homework. Here is my comment on the site:
Forgive my lateness to the party... Having read Marzano, Vatterott, and Kohn, I realized that, as an elementary teacher, I needed to start questioning my use of homework. I'm glad to see articles like Mr. Terada's because I hope it forces teachers to consider their homework philosophies. Unfortunately, somehow, teachers tend to believe that their homework policies fall in line with the research and nothing changes. We assume that our homework assignments are fulfilling the Pros, and simply make excuses about the Cons. For elementary students, I can't stop thinking about two things. If lessons and assignments were more engaging and students enjoyed learning more, I don't think we would need homework; plus, I should facilitate their practice anyway. And, secondly, it's hard for me to justify homework when it forces itself into personal and family time. Teachers argue about a lack of time and a need for practice, but those seem like issues that should be fixed in the classroom.

Dec 31, 2015

Homework, the Common Core, and a Slightly Frustrated Parent

"Stanford Prof. James Milgram, the only mathematician on the Common Core Validation Committee, refused to sign off on the math standards, calling the whole thing 'in large measure a political document' during testimony he gave in May 2011 in which he advocated for Texas not to adopt the Common Core standards."

Oct 4, 2015

SITE: Teacher Tech

I've not used Google Classroom; though, I'm familiar with it. If I decide to use it more often, I'm definitely spending some time at Teacher Tech.