149. How can we change the focus of the educational community regarding homework? I fully agree with the idea that most of it is "busy" work. I personally do not give homework. We use our class time so that I know that they have seen the assignment and I am available to help them.
I believe there is a place for homework: to experience at home the concepts they are studying at school. For example, I remember when my first and second graders were learning the concept of "counting," I had them, as homework, go through their clothes and find clothing with dots or stripes or repetitive patterns and COUNT them!!!! They came to class the next day counting all the stripes in their shirts, dots on their dresses, repeated patterns on their skirts, etc. I also asked them, when we learned to measure, to measure just about everything at home: doors, windows, refrigerator, tables, family members, whatever. Interviews with parents, neighbors, reports on kinds of vegetables and fruits at the supermarket, on prices, comparing and contrasting prices from store to store, etc., these are very worthwhile activities as homework. They could write mathematical problems for their classmates to solve the next day!!! Homework should be about connecting school work with the real life at home.
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