There are really no ‘good duties’ or ‘bad duties’. The reality is that if your children’s teachers send them chores to do at home, they will have a good reason to do it. You probably think that in this way children will be able to reinforce the content learned in school, and it really is. Children need to do their homework daily to keep their minds working.
But not everything goes. It is not the same time a 6-year-old can spend doing homework as the time an 11-year-old can spend in the afternoons. In addition, it is necessary to remember that children must be children, and have time to play and also to be bored.
‘GOOD’ DUTIES AND ‘BAD’ DUTIES
Most experts agree that the point of take-home assignments is to review and reinforce the lessons covered in class that day. Ideally, homework should also instill a sense of curiosity and teach children to study effectively, including how to divide their time between difficult and easy tasks, and test themselves for retention, so that they can become self-learners. life.
But the vast majority of teachers have not received training on what types of homework benefit students the most. Although the most effective tasks or ‘good duties’ should take into account the following:
- To combine. Homework should have simple questions here and there instead of grouping all the difficult ones together. Children will feel that work is easier and will enjoy it more.
- Address specific needs. Yes, assignments should be age appropriate, for example shorter assignments in lower grades to accommodate limited attention span. But the amount and difficulty can be adjusted if the students are high achievers.
- They spread over time. Children retain more knowledge when they review material shortly, repeatedly over several weeks rather than reviewing it right after they learned it that day.
- Apply to things that children enjoy outside class. The best assignments not only develop key skills like reading, writing, analysis, and critical thinking, but they also get students to tackle topics that really interest them. The goal is to keep them engaged.
HOW TO HELP: DON’T FLY OVER!
Children need a smart guide, not someone to do their homework for them. The correct ways to help them have to do with:
- Provides a quiet space and well lit to do homework and establishes rules about when they should do it, that is, the ideal time of day to do homework.
- No television, screens, or other distracting factors while your child is studying or doing homework. Showing respect and being positive about homework will instill a good attitude.
- Don’t give answers or do your child’s work for them. Instead, do like Socrates and ask questions that help lead your child to the correct conclusions. So the next time your 13-year-old touches that word problem in algebra, have him reread the question and make sure he understands it before tackling it again.
- Don’t punish him. If your child doesn’t do homework, don’t punish him for it. Let your child face the consequences of not doing homework, even if they feel embarrassed. Think that doing or not doing the tares is not about you, it is about them. The consequences such as having a lower grade in the subject at the end of the course can motivate you enough to finish the task.