The “H” word, Homework
One of the most controversial words in education is homework. Several of the reasons why there is always a debate about homework is our own educational experience and what we want for our children. When we went to school, homework was an expectation and was usually extra work over and above the school day.
In many countries in the world, students listen to lectures all day and then are expected to do the work at home. In recent years, educators and researchers have been looking at the validity of homework and does it really increase academic performance. As our world has changed, there are more and more expectations placed on children such as sport, music and extra-curricular lessons and then homework on top.
So what does the research say? Researchers from Stanford University have found no correlation between homework in elementary school and a student’s academic performance. There is one exception and that is reading. Especially if students get to pick what they want to read. The teachers at CIS, through different formats promote reading every night for at least 20 minutes. Some teachers have competitions for how many minutes students read to recording in logs what students are reading. We have many resources at school that children can choose from and obviously there are a plethora of resources on the internet and tech devices.
Homework can be helpful in Middle and High School particularly when studying for tests and working on projects but it does not become beneficial if students spend more than two hours studying per night At the Canadian International School teachers must teach 950 hours of curriculum for Kindergarten to grade 9 and 1000 hours for grade 10-12. Teachers plan their lessons and assignments during this time, which also allows students sufficient time to work independently and in groups. We also have Learning support teachers and educational assistants that support students in their learning.
We all want our children to be successful but we also want them to have balanced lives which includes family time, play time and school time.
Lorianne Tenove, Head of School