AP — Guess what, kids? No homework. All year. A small but growing number of elementary schools and individual teachers are doing away with the after-school chore to allow kids more time to play, participate in activities, spend time with families, read and sleep. At North Trail Elementary School, in Farmington, Minnesota, where he is principal, students do what he says is engaging homework. Some schools and individual teachers are revising their homework policies to ensure that they are effective, he said.
It used to be that students were the only ones complaining about the practice of assigning homework. For years, teachers and parents thought that homework was a necessary tool when educating children. But studies about the effectiveness of homework have been conflicting and inconclusive, leading some adults to argue that homework should become a thing of the past. According to Duke professor Harris Cooper, it's important that students have homework. His meta-analysis of homework studies showed a correlation between completing homework and academic success, at least in older grades. He recommends following a "10 minute rule" : students should receive 10 minutes of homework per day in first grade, and 10 additional minutes each subsequent year, so that by twelfth grade they are completing minutes of homework daily. But his analysis didn't prove that students did better because they did homework; it simply showed a correlation.
Five winning ideas for encouraging students to take responsibility for completing their homework and turning their work in on time. PreK—K , 1—2 , 3—5. We asked teachers to tell us their best ideas for encouraging students to take responsibility for turning in work on time.
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