As a teacher and after a long conversation with my best friend who has a school age child, I have come to realize how controversial the issue of homework has become. Recently in our province new homework regulations have come into place. The policy states “guidelines for Kindergarten students are roughly ten minutes, primary 30 minutes, elementary 40, intermediate an hour, and high school students one to two hours. Further more, homework should not be assigned over holiday breaks and cannot be assigned as a form of discipline."
Do you like or dislike? Would you want this policy in your area?
As a teacher the number one complaint of parents and students is either to much homework or how frustrated parents are with trying to get their children to do homework without a fight! I have developed a homework contract that is a great method and step in creating a less frustrating homework experience.
The homework contract will:
--make children/students accountable
--make children/students feel that they have had a say or control over the way homework will be done
--provide structure and routine
--provide positive reinforcement
--provide written documentation of your agreement
--allows you to customize it to individual child's needs
Go ahead, give it a try and reap the rewards!
--give structure to
--Allow child to come up with rewards and penalties.
--Try and give one day homework free. Kids will love this and it gives them a free day to look forward too.
--Agenda or planners can be a parent and teacher's best friend.
--Communicate with teacher so you are aware of assignments.
BELOW IS A HOMEWORK CONTRACT THAT I DEVELOPED YOU MAY USE! ENJOY!