Raise Your Hand, Answer the Question, and Keep Your Voice Down

Reflections from a human, father, husband, & educator.

“First I recommend that elementary students be given homework even though it should not be expected to improve test scores. Instead, homework for young children should help them develop good study habits, foster positive attitudes toward school, and communicate to students the idea that learning takes work at home as well as at school.” Harris Cooper (1989b, p. 90). 

Homework. Ugh. The research is clear, homework is not that effective when it comes to student achievement for our younger stars; yet it still needs to be assigned for the above reasons. What do we do?

I work at an elementary school and I keep thinking, what kind of student do we want to send to middle school? While that answer can be quite taxing, I have narrowed it down to two things:

  1. Someone who enjoys reading.
  2. Someone who has computational fluency.

It is with these two ideas in mind that I offer my opinion on homework. Have your students read every day, and have them work on their computational fluency (these should be developmentally appropriate: click here)….nothing else. Nothing else! Can you hear that? That is the sound of students, teachers, administrators, and parents rejoicing.

You are quite welcome.

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