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The Role of Homework in your Child’s Education

Home Work

We all dream of our children getting admission in top 10 universities in US that’s a source of great appeal and aspire awe in many students considering the ample job opportunities it can lead to for the selected candidates in future. But getting admission in these universities is not a piece of cake, it requires a lot of hard work and determination from the very beginning. But that doesn’t mean you don’t apply at all. You cant be admitted if you don’t apply. If you don’t apply you self -select yourself out of a chance of getting admission in a prestigious university by not applying in the first place. Another factor that helps securing admission in university is your previous academic record and your good grades. You do need to have good grades to be even considered admission  in the first place even before an entry test.

The reason many students fail to secure admission in top universities is due to low marks and not having a strong base. Even if a person is successful in applying to a particular university at first, but wouldn’t be able to clear the interview or entry test due to weak concepts that affects their confidence of in a long run.

 

What can be done?

Seek help

If you think your child is having difficulty coping in school, doesn’t easily grasp the concepts and needs extra attention, then you don’t have to worry anymore as there’s so much help available online. Now you don’t even have to worry about hiring a professional to help your child with his studies. There are homework helpers who can make your life hassle free, without you having to worry about making your child finish his long list of homework. The best part is within minutes you can find someone who can cater to your needs as well as fit your budget (yes, these homework helpers are pretty economical) and get homework help online from the comfort of your own home. Hiring a tutor was never so easy before.

 

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Importance of home work

Homework is one of the most controversial topics as different people have different opinions. For some parents homework is a nightmare, while some parents think homework is necessary for the enforcement of concepts at home. The debate over homework is an old one. Good and Brophy defines homework as, “ An important extension of in-school opportunities to learn.” (p.393).

While some proponents strongly believe in the importance of homework in the development of a child’s progress,  still the question arsis, is homework important in determining the student’s grade?

 

It Reinforces the concepts learnt in class

Homework proves to be an important intersection between home and school. Homework given prior to a lesson can support learning later in class. Homework provides ample opportunities for reinforcement of concepts learnt during school hours. Children tend to forget the concepts learnt in class easily if they are not reinforced at home, as some subjects, for instance maths needs a lot practice and reinforcement.

Children develop research skills

When a child gets a monthly assignment to be done at home, it develops his/her research skills. As children research for themselves from reference materials such as encyclopedias, books, and cds and gather information from people. It develops their research skills and makes them independent learners.

Promotes sense of responsibility

When children are given the assignment to do it independently without the help of teachers and peers, it teaches them to be more responsible. When a child brings an assignment home gather and organize the material and submit it on a given deadline and receive a grade for his performance. It strengthens his/her sense of responsibility.

Time Management and sound planning

It teaches children necessary skills such as sound planning and time management as they are solely responsible for the work.

Parent’s stays connected

When a child brings homework, it offers schools an opportunity to let parents know what their children are learning at school. It keeps parents informed about their academic progress, different class activities and concepts done in school and also if a child is able to grasp those concepts or having difficulty learning them. It makes possible for parents to keep a check and balance and monitor their independent progress.

 

 

It keeps children busy

They say an empty mind is a devils workshop. If a child is free throughout the day tends to get involved in mischief and meaningless activities such as playing games on Xbox or excessively using the internet and social media which is not at all healthy. Hence homework helps parents compete with the distractions of media.

 

Teachers can keep track of students’ progress           

Homework allows teachers to keep track with a child’s progress, it helps the teacher understanding if a child is having difficulty understanding content or falling behind the rest of the class.

 

Problem solving

Problem solving is another important skill that children learn when they are confronted with problems while completing their assignments, they figure out the way to resolve the issues, teaches them how to solve problems later in life.

There are few disadvantages of homework too, which should be kept in mind by the school management and teachers while giving homework such as,

  • It makes children feel tired after spending a long day at school
  • Even though it teaches responsibility to children, but it also causes a lot of stress and anxiety
  • Doesn’t allow them any free time to relax
  • Children don’t get much time to get involved in outdoor activities
  • Sometimes homework isn’t even relevant
  • Students get tired of homework, hence don’t involve in any educational games and books.

While we all agree that homework plays an important role in learning, but at the same time a child mustn’t be burdened with too much homework, it should be moderate, and a school should have a homework policy which dictates the type of homework task should be sent home and their frequency.

 



This school has an alternative to traditional detention. The results are astounding.

Traditionally, school detention or even suspension is the most common form of discipline when a kid is acting up or has bad behavior.

Does detention really work? Does staring at walls or reading boring books really make you think about your actions that put you in detention in the first place?

There’s a school called Robert Coleman Elementary that does things a little different. Instead of sending kids to detention, they send them to meditate.

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It’s called the Mindful Moment Room. Kids who are usually sent to detention for disruptive behavior are instead sent to a room with lamps, decorations and plush purple pillows. The kids are instructed to go through breathing exercises and meditation, which help them calm down.

Science studies show that mindful meditation really works and has interesting effects on our mind & body.

The study found that meditation could improve a students attention span, allowing them to focus more on what the teacher is saying in the classroom. In turn, this allows the students to perform better on tests.

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Not only meditation, but Robert Coleman Elementary also provides after-school programs where kids can practice exercises and yoga. There are also programs available to mentor and tutor the kids about the environment.

Robert Coleman Elementary has seen no suspensions in the last year and the rates dropped and attendance has increased.

Principals and board of education directors, we hope you are listening. If you have students who are repeatedly going to detention or getting suspended, why keep giving them the same punishment? Try something new and different. Try meditation.



Qualities that Make a Teacher Great

Throughout their academic careers, students are going to encounter numerous teachers. Some will be good, some will be bad, and (hopefully) a few will be great.

It’s the great teachers who leave lasting impacts on students. They’re the ones who perhaps challenged what the student thought, or pushed them to work a little differently than they were comfortable with. Maybe they inspired their students to set new goals or work even harder for the ones they already had. Great teachers are the ones students will think about long after they’ve left school. And it turns out; they may all have a few things in common.

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Rob Jenkins, a faculty member at Georgia Perimeter College, wrote The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers for the Chronicle of Higher Education, in which he details qualities he believes all great teachers possess, no matter the subject or grade level.

The first quality is he shares is all great teachers seem to have similar personality traits. He writes, “Great teachers tend to be good-natured and approachable, as opposed to sour or foreboding; professional without being aloof.” He also lists several other traits of teachers including being comfortable in their own skin and creativity.

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Smut or Shakespeare: Kansas Senate Defines What’s Appropriate for the Classroom

If you’re a student (or know a student) in Kansas, major changes may be coming to your curriculum. The state’s Senate has recently passed a bill (SB56) removing legal protections for educators in schools for using curriculum methods that may be viewed as harmful to minors. However, the legislation did not remove the same protections for educators at colleges and universities.

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Seen by supporters as a way to protect minors from “offensive content,” the measure gained traction after a poster in a Johnson County middle school spurred some parents’ ire. The poster, displayed as part of sex-education curriculum, asked the question “How do people express their sexual feelings?” Answers to that question included intercourse and anal sex. None of the answers to the question were depicted in any way on the poster other than with words. Some parents were offended by the posters’ content, and it was removed by the school.

The tide then turned to other materials which some could consider inappropriate, culminating in the bill passing in the Kansas Senate. It will now go to the state’s House of Representatives. The bill would allow for teachers, principals and other educators to be charged with misdemeanors for disseminating and/or displaying materials determined to be harmful to minors.

Nathan Whitman, educator from Burrton High School in Kansas, helped clear up exactly what the “offensive content” would be. He said, “inappropriate content called ‘harmful to minors’ as defined by SB56 is ‘any description, exhibition, presentation or representation, in whatever form, of nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic abuse when the material or performance, taken as a whole or, with respect to prosecution for an act described by subsection (a)(1), that…the average adult person…find[s]…[appeals to a] prurient interest in sex to minors[;]…depicts or describes nudity, sexual conduct, sexual excitement or sadomasochistic abuse in a manner that is patently offensive to prevailing standards in the adult community[;]…lacks serious literary, scientific, educational, artistic or political value.'”

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Supreme Court Rules Kansas Public Schools are Underfunded

Crowded classrooms, higher fees, fewer after-school programs and staff – if you’re thinking that all sounds like a scholastic nightmare, you’re close. It’s the reality of education in Kansas.

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The Kansas government made the decision to cut certain funding to schools as a way to help get the state through the “Great Recession.” The cuts made led to a lawsuit being filed in 2010 on behalf of parents and school districts who felt the state had harmed students, especially those in poorer districts. The case has now been ruled on by the Kansas Supreme Court, and they have found the current funding levels in Kansas public schools to be unconstitutional.

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Give Back to Teachers at CharitySub in February

Teachers don’t always get the appreciation that they deserve, but this month you can help change that. During February, CharitySub.org’s charity focus is on teachers and educators, and for just $5 you can help make a difference. The five dollars you donate will go to one of three Empowered Education programs that the community giving organization is focused on.

Each month, the members of CharitySub.org donate just $5 to help a different cause, which changes monthly and has included service animals, veterans, sustainable fishing, arts education, and childhood obesity. Three organizations for each cause are featured in a brief video, and members select which organization will receive their $5.

This month, your $5 will help one of the three Empowered Education programs. Take a look here and then learn more at CharitySub.org. Read the rest of this entry »



President Obama and Mitt Romney to Speak at 2012 Education Nation Summit

Education is a hot topic in the 2012 presidential election. Debates between President Obama and Governor Romney are ongoing and quite heated as the two butt heads on the issue. But before the candidates can implement their respective strategies, they’ll be sharing their views on the U.S. education system at the Education Nation Summit next week.

With a growing number of students and families concerned about America’s future educational system, it’s an issue on high alert for most voters. The annual Education Nation Summit will be held September 23-25 at The New York Public Library.

As reported by MediaBistro, Condoleeza Rice and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will take part in the event, during which a taped interview with President Obama will be presented. The president and his opponent Mitt Romney will also appear in person later in the summit to discuss their views on education and answer questions from summit attendees.

Both presidential candidates will cover such issues as unemployment, educational challenges, and ever-rising college tuition costs.

The opening early session of the Education Summit will begin with NBC News correspondent Tom Brokaw, and followed by an address from New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. Read the rest of this entry »



Public Schools Receive an “F” Among Parents and Community

An August Gallup poll reveals that more than half of Americans are dissatisfied with the public education system, with only 7 percent of parents of school-aged children believing that public schools provide an excellent education. Home schooling rated higher by the general public than public schools for quality, but private schools received the overall best ratings.

The poll reported that 78 percent of Americans said children in private schools received an excellent or good education. Parochial schools came next with a 69 percent rating, then came charter schools (60 percent), home schooling (46 percent) and public schools (37 percent).

Although 83 percent of parents polled said their oldest child attends public school, only 47 percent thought their child was receiving an excellent or good education. Among parents of K-12 students, the results were similar to the public at large, but they gave public schools a slightly higher rating than home schooling. Read the rest of this entry »



Buy Chipotle This Week to Teach Farm to Table Principles to Kids

Chipotle continues to challenge what fast food looks like. The Mexican grill chain has always stood out from the crowd by choosing integrity with their products. They are committed to getting the very best ingredients, which are raised with respect to the animals, farmers, and environment. This month, the restaurant is going even further by providing funds to a fantastic organization called Veggie U.

All kids meal purchases from August 24 through August 31 will benefit Veggie U, and if consumers save their receipts they can come back in September for a free kids meal as well.

Up to $250,000 in proceeds will go toward Veggie U, a national non-profit that offers a great “Earth to Table” science curriculum to fourth grade and special needs classrooms. The curriculum was developed in an effort to decrease childhood illnesses and increase children’s awareness of healthy food and sustainable agriculture. The Ohio-based program aims to have their curriculum in 93,000 fourth grade classrooms nationwide. Read the rest of this entry »



It’s Fun to Raise Bilingual Kids with Chungaboo’s Language Learning App

“I want to play Chinese!” is a phrase my two-year-old daughter often shouts out. I’m never sure if she really wants to play with Chungaboo’s iBook “Words: English to Chinese” or if she knows it’s a sure-fire way to gain access to the iPad. Either way, I call it a win. These books are so engaging with vivid illustrations by artist Miles Wisniewski and expert language translation voiceovers that even my toddler is picking up pieces of the Mandarin language and inserting it into every day conversation. Earlier this summer we introduced you to Chungaboo in a feature at Yahoo! Shine, Parents Should Load iPads with Chungaboo eBooks for Summer Learning, and we think no matter the season these books should be in your kids’ hands.

An article about bilingual children at Parents.com said, “The earlier you introduce a second language, the easier it will be for your child to pick up its unique sounds.” It went on to say that ages 2 to 3 are ideal for introducing a second language because it’s at this time that the “ability to hear different phonetic pronunciations is sharpest.”

We all know that children are sponges and are at the peak of learning ability in their earliest ages, so my husband and I loved finding Chungaboo (disclaimer: created by friends we met in college) for our daughter. She thinks it’s a game, we know she’s learning, and according to an article in the New York Times this past spring, each time she plays and picks up a new word she’s getting a little brighter. Read the rest of this entry »