By: Jen Pace
What is an appropriate amount of homework per night for children verses teenagers?
Having been a teacher and currently a parent of three school-aged children, I see the benefits and I feel the struggle. What is your opinion?
Here is a quote that I think rings true to my own heart:
Not too much, not too little
“A good way to think about homework is the way you think about medications or dietary supplements. If you take too little, they’ll have no effect. If you take too much, they can kill you. If you take the right amount, you’ll get better.”
Should be thoughtfully designed
Homework can be a beneficial tool that helps to inform parents about what their children are learning. It can be used to foster independent study and self-discipline. Homework can allow a child time to dig deeper and explore into a subject matter more than they would be allowed to during classroom time. When homework is thoughtfully crafted to aide in student learning it can increase student learning gains.
What are your thoughts?
How do you determine what and how much homework to assign a week?