Homework at Emerson
Homework expectations have changed drastically in the past few years. The days of practicing math problems over and over and reading a story and answering questions at the end of the chapter are behind us. Current research has guided the decisions we make regarding homework expectations for Emerson students. I have attached two articles that have guided our expectations for students in the following ways:
- Purpose: Supporting the instructional program at Emerson is the number one purpose of homework. Reading at home, becoming a more efficient mathematician, and practicing spelling and/or vocabulary at home are all great ways to support the work we do here.
- Efficient Practice: Spending LOADS of time on homework is not best practice. Daily homework practicing spelling, math facts, and reading their chosen book(s) are consistently the best things you can do.
- Creating Competence: We all want to see them build on their success. Students should be working on things at their own level and not feel overwhelmed. It is important to share what you see at home with your child’s teacher. This may mean backing off or trying to support in bolstering skills as needed. Communication is the key!
Homework Inoculation and the Limits of Research by Bruce Jackson
Each grade level has a recommended amount of time students should spend on homework. Emerson’s expectations are as follows:
- Third grade - Approximately 20-30 minutes a night
- Fourth grade - Approximately 40 minutes a night
- Fifth grade - Approximately 50 minutes a night
- Sixth grade - Approximately 60 minutes a night