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4 evidence-based ways parents improve student achievement

E-School News – Hilary Scharton

“In recent years, the push for educators to base teaching policies and practices in evidence has been growing stronger. Topics like seat time, retention, class size, and learning styles have all come under scrutiny because research indicates they don’t influence student achievement as much as we’d like. As the new school year begins, it’s worth taking a look at the evidence in a commonly overlooked area—parent involvement—so we can maximize what matters for student achievement.” (more)

Why it’s so hard to help with your kid’s math homework

The Chicago Tribune – Jessica Lahey

“The simple answer to why math education has changed, “Common Core State Standards,” is only part of the story. Math teacher Christopher Danielson outlines the rest of the story in his book, “Common Core Math for Parents for Dummies,” and it goes something like this: Math education in America has evolved in response to concerns about our international competitiveness, first with Europe, and later, with Russia and its space program. Consequently, American math education prioritized the education of professional scientists and mathematicians who could get satellites in orbit and send men to the moon. While we were busy chasing those lofty goals, we failed to educate most students in the basic foundations of math.” (more)

To help a child who hates school, do some homework

The Atlanta Journal Constitution – Meghan Leahy

“This lack of outside play has ramifications such as decreased focus, increased aggression and frustration, and lower test scores. And although I don’t think the classroom setting is helping your son, I’m not sure we can chalk up all his troubles to a lack of recess. Is his desire for more outdoor play the root cause of his anxiety and boredom? I am guessing no, but no condition is improved by a lack of movement.” (more)

What’s the Right Amount of Homework?

Edutopia – Youki Terada

“The National PTA and the National Education Association support the “10-minute homework guideline”—a nightly 10 minutes of homework per grade level. But many teachers and parents are quick to point out that what matters is the quality of the homework assigned and how well it meets students’ needs, not the amount of time spent on it.” (more)

Should you help your child with their homework?

The Telegraph – Violet Lambert

“Rare is the school project that hasn’t seen a little parental input. Whether supplying a few facts on a history report, sharpening the pencils for a portfolio of art, or building a perfectly scaled-down working copy of the Mars Exploration Rover from recycled almond milk cartons while your child mooches about on social media, we’ve all been there. But how much good are you doing your child by helping with school projects, or indeed, any kind of homework? Is it best to let youngsters get on with it alone or should you sit on their shoulder, chipping in as necessary?.”(more)

How to cut down on homework drama with a distraction-free space

USA Today – Jennifer Jolly

“The old parental cry, “Is your homework done?” is like Kryptonite to kids. And claims of, “I’m doing it all right now!” shouted from behind the bedroom door are like nails on a chalkboard to parents, too. So how can you cut down on the homework drama? Let a few smart tech tools come to the rescue.”(more)