Homework: The plight of the American teen

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

The dreaded topic this week is homework.
Can I get a collective sigh? The kindest thing any teacher of young elementary students can do is to give some kind of homework.
I see homework in the lower grades, as the training ground for the middle and high school years.
When you tackle that singular math page, or the reading assignment of a book that has six or eight pages, with 10 words on a page is brilliant.
The way you approach these smaller things will set the tone for your future and for their future.
My best advice is to have a place for it or even a process.
What do I mean by a process for homework?
When our kids were in elementary school, they would come home and have 30 minutes to an hour of free time. Then if things worked out the right way, homework could still be completed before dinner and the evening was free.
Whatever you do, don’t fall into the trap of sympathizing and then complaining about homework and the teacher, it is just a ploy that allows them to put it off even longer. I have often said, many nights it took less time to do the homework than it did to fuss about getting it done.
You can’t escape middle and high school homework, so if you can set a positive tone and a routine when they are young, it becomes ingrained in their being and not a big deal.

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