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Make Math Moments Academy Forums Community Discussion Water Cooler Homework – getting parents to understand

  • Homework – getting parents to understand

    Posted by Elisha Horbay on July 12, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    As I continue on this journey of making math more visual and spiraling my curriculum, my biggest fear is the group of parents who think their child should have math homework every night. I don’t know how it will all play out next year but thinking that the majority of the learning will be in class, as it should be. I’m planning on a handout that outlines research for parents but wondering if anyone else has dealt with this already or have thoughts on how to be prepare to manage the parents who are not happy about the lack of homework. 

    Elisha Horbay replied 3 years, 8 months ago 2 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Kyle Pearce

    July 12, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Elisha!

    Helping parents understand via a handout / research / etc. can be helpful. Also, I wonder if maybe it isn’t swinging from homework every night to no homework ever, but maybe changing what math homework looks like/sounds like? 

    Depending on the grade level, homework can be helpful if it is concepts students have already engaged with previously and if it isn’t a huge amount. Purposeful practice is important, so I guess the question becomes is how can we make whatever we might assign for outside of class to be intentional and “DOABLE” for all students?

  • Elisha Horbay

    July 12, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I just watched one of the spiraling videos where you mention homework, and that it could be a previous concept. I will definitely be looking towards that which is purposeful – grade 8s, they only do what they want to do anyway! HA!