Homework Practices Planning
During the 2016/17 & 2017/18 school years, homework practices were an area of study at Stoclmeir Elementary. That study was motivated by these homework concerns:
RESEARCH has produced no clear-cut consensus on the benefits of homework at the early elementary grade levels. The usual defenses of homework — that it promotes higher achievement, reinforces learning, and teaches study skills and responsibility- none of these assumptions actually passes the tests of research, logic, or experience. Benefits appear to only accrue at the high school level.
EQUITY- Students whose parents are available and able to help with homework have a distinct advantage over those whose parents work in the evenings or are unable to help with homework because of language barriers or their own lack of educational opportunities (Dumont et al., 2012).
FAMILY AND CHILD IMPACTS- Stress, lack of free play time (developmentally inappropriate), battles over homework, loss of family quality time, negative impact on child’s feelings about school
The focus on homework practices led to the current Stocklmeir Homework Practices. For more information on the work that was done, please view this Stocklmeir Homework Practices Presentation.