Homework

Homework Rating Scale

November 2, 2013 Counselors

A self-assessment for educators* By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller *Parents: Use this assessment to rate the value of your children’s homework assignments. The drive to assign more and more homework to children at younger ages is in full force in many schools. The desire to increase achievement and raise the test scores has fueled […]

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Is Homework a Headache at Your House?

November 2, 2013 Counselors

At what point is the load too heavy? Note: This post comes from my October 2013 newsletter. The reaction was so strong, I thought I’d add it to the site. While I was back east earlier this month, I got to visit with my sister, Janice Patton,* and my niece Morgan, a freshman in a […]

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What About Homework?

December 4, 2012 Counselors

Considerations for educators and parents I google the word “homework” and discover 70+ million results, many of them, on the first few pages, at least, pointing to Web sites offering homework help, tools, or information to use in assignments. Look for research and you can support just about any position you’d like! This is an […]

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Ways to Reach More Students

November 26, 2012 Body and Brain

Accommodating a variety of learners While these tips were originally developed with regard to classroom environments, they are also relevant to parents (think about how and where kids do homework), and apply to learners of all ages. • Build on student strengths; teach to a variety of intelligences and abilities • Respect different types of […]

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Synthesis of Research Findings on Homework

November 26, 2012 Counselors

by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller Note from Jane Bluestein: An angry middle school teacher wrote to Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller, asking them to defend the research cited in previous newsletter articles, (two of which are included on this site in the links following this post). Although Moorman and Haller stated that the “burden […]

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Taking a Stand Against Homework

November 26, 2012 Counselors

by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller You know what’s happening with homework in American education. Simply put, more homework is being assigned than ever before and it is being assigned to younger and younger children. But is it good? More teachers are beginning to think not. Many professional and thoughtful educators across the country are […]

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Making Homework Work

November 26, 2012 Counselors

Building Flexibility into Your Homework Policy Any teacher who has ever given out homework has certainly encountered a student the next day saying, “I don’t have my assignment.” Whether pitiful or indifferent, this admission often places us in the unfortunate position of asking why, which puts us in the even more unfortunate position of having […]

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Is Your Child’s Homework Worth Doing?

November 26, 2012 Counselors

by Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller Note from Jane Bluestein: Here’s another terrific article about Homework for parents and educators. Click here for my perspective in a separate article on this topic. Also note, the emphasis (boldface) in this article is my doing. The drive to assign more and more homework to children at younger […]

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Some Kids Study Better When…

November 19, 2012 ADD/ADHD

Noticing and accommodating learning preferences There are several ways to change or maintain our level of alertness and attentiveness. Even if your study habits are different from your children’s, it is possible that they will be able to concentrate and learn by

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Ending the Homework Wars with Susan Fitzell

September 30, 2012 Body and Brain

Making homework fun and effective Episode Summary: Making homework work! Dr. Jane Bluestein talks with Susan Fitzell about the value of practicing developing skills at home to anchor new learning in

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Book: Being a Successful Teacher

September 19, 2012 Assessment and Testing

The Original Survival Manual for New and Veteran Teachers by Dr. Jane Bluestein A classic book that has launched— and saved— thousands of teaching careers, with everything you need for managing the basic realities of teaching! 39 chapters to help establish

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Book: Listas Para Padres

September 19, 2012 Avoiding power struggles with your kids

Qué Hacer y Qué No libro de Jane Bluestein Más de 1.000 tips para construir mejores relaciones, con ideas simples, prácticas y comprobadas para ayudarle a construir el carácter, aumentar el rendimiento escolar, motivar la cooperación, reducir las fricciones, solucionar problemas y

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Book: The Parent’s Little Book of Lists

September 19, 2012 Avoiding power struggles with your kids

Do’s and Don’ts of Effective Parenting by Dr. Jane Bluestein Thousands of simple, practical, kid-tested ideas to help you build character, avoid power struggles, increase school success, motivate cooperation, reduce conflict, solve problems and create safe, loving relationships with

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