There’s more to the debate about homework than the mountains of work that some kids get. Here’s a different part of the discussion — and how to help homework-trapped kids.
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"Homework-trapped children" is a new term to me. The students who can't finish their homework are perceived as lazy and unmotivated. We need to look deeper into this issue with the end goal of finding a solution, not merely placing blame. We are so quick to make calls home, give bad grades, and deem the child a poor student. However, this leaves the child feeling sad and helpless, and the teacher feeling frustrated. Nobody wins in this situation.
The article suggests asking students to do as much as they can in a specific amount of time. I remember my jaw dropping when my 7th grade science teacher told us it was okay if we didn't finish the homework. She said that if we spent more than half an hour really trying and still couldn't get it, to just write a sticky note to her with the assignment and you wouldn't be penalized. This should not have been such an anamoly. This is what we should be doing as teachers.
When we create a feeling of dread associated with homework, it pushes students away from feeling motivated. We need to do the opposite, to raise our students up to a place where they feel confident in the learning abilities.