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The Learning Gap… Sometimes you see a video and it really moves you. This one did. As adults, we often forget how much we have learned. We forget how difficult and frustrating it can be as a child to become good at doing seemingly basic things. We read without thinking, calculate sales tax in our […]
“Engaging or Empowering” by Bill Ferriter I recently saw this post on a blog I follow by Bill Ferriter, a middle school teacher, blogger, and educator. In it, he poses some interesting questions: Are we as educators focusing our effort to get students to “buy-in” to our ideas? Or are we interested in empowering our students […]
Great Learning Sites for K-3 Great Learning sites for K-3. The internet has given us a great opportunity to get access to free resources for supplemental learning. I’ve picked out two websites that have helped me teach my children time and to bring additional fun into learning how to read. Time Monsters Don’t underestimate the […]
This is not your momma’s math! If your child is in an elementary school at SFUSD, you are aware that math is not being taught the same as it used to be. If you are like me, you might have expected to see math worksheets come home with the 10-30 of the same type of […]
If you are a parent of an SFUSD student, you are now well aware of furlough days, the mandatory days that the district has ordered schools closed, in order to cut costs without firing teachers and other employees. Tomorrow, Friday, April 6, 2012, all SFUSD schools and administrative offices will be closed for a district-wide furlough day. […]
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to know algebra to help your child succeed in high school. In fact, research by Professor Nancy Hill of Harvard University, shows,that when parents helped teens to do their homework it actually had a negative effect!
Research shows that parents can have a big impact by creating a structured, well-supported environment at home. The developmental needs of children, and the school environments vary considerably at different grade levels. Nonetheless, the tips I’ll share below apply to ages.
Based on this analysis, let’s just assume we agree: Too much homework — BAD; Well-designed homework — GOOD. But what does well designed homework look like?
What is the appropriate amount of homework? How much time should students be spending to do homework? What kids of tasks are meaningful for student learning? How much should families help?