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    By conolley

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    Somewhere, long ago, I heard this equation for how much homework a child should have... Multiply their grade level by 10 minutes. 1st grade = 10 minutes, 2nd grade = 20 minutes, and so on. I teach third grade and I tell my parents up front that their student SHOULD be spending about 30 minutes on school related work each night. Now, in reality, a lot of that is up to them. I tell the kids they should be reading for at least 15 minutes a night, and spend at least 5 or 10 on spelling words, plus written work several nights a week, but who knows how many of them really spend it that way.

    Last year I was very committed to sending home some sort of paper homework each night. As the year progressed, though, I started feeling like a lot of it was busywork and wasn't all that meaningful. This year, I'm going to cut back to 3 or 4 nights a week and assign more take home projects that span over a short period of time. We need to think about if we're making kids work just for the sake of doing work or if we're doing it because it is truly meaningful to their education.

    For a child to be successful in life, they have to have a balance of intelligence and social skills. As teachers and parents we need to work on finding a healthy balance and foster both.

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