Teachers must put more focus on the quality of the homework.
Homework is most effective when it relates to students’ existing interests, is meaningful, and is well suited to kids’ current skills.
Studies have shown students who have a clearly defined routine around homework a set time, a set place and a set way to complete homework are more likely to believe they can overcome challenges while doing homework and take more responsibility for their own learning.
It is critical that teachers and parents explain why even the most boring homework is important.
Tech breaks can be an awesome way to combat the fear of missing out that might strike while you are buried in your work, but they also tend to stretch much longer than originally intended. If you stay on track, you might breeze through your work quickly enough to catch up on some Netflix. You’ll be surprised by how much time you can shave off homework just by focusing and committing to a distraction-free study plan.
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Every fall, the same debates persist: Is homework even effective? The problem with homework is motivation, or the lack thereof, because the major challenge for making homework an effective tool for learning is that even nothing often seems better.
As a researcher focused on teacher and parent practices that support student achievement, I believe that the call to action is clear: Teachers and parents must focus on motivation to make homework a valuable part of the learning process.
The sooner parents and teachers focus on strategies to foster motivation, the better.
What should be clear to everyone, though, is that homework can definitely be better than nothing.