New Teacher Survival Guide Series
Teacher Survival Guide series is produced to help teachers new to the classroom
navigate their first few months on the job.
A teacher’s first year
is often the most challenging. Learning how to manage a classroom, design
lesson plans that work for students, cooperate with faculty and administrators,
and manage the time to perform all of these tasks and more is difficult for
entering teachers. This new teacher guide offers tips for new teachers and
strategies for new teachers to help your first year be successful in seven
New Teacher Tip: Should You Assign
Homework on the Weekends?
There is growing
push-back from students, parents, and even school administrators about homework
assigned over weekends. In fact, Galloway Township School District in New
Jersey has banned it for K-6, and WalterPayton High School banned homework
over Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks, as did Ridgewood High
School in New Jersey.
The rationale is that
kids receive too much homework and should be enabled to “enjoy their
childhood”. Whether or not you agree, growing numbers of school districts are
jumping on board – without research to back up whether this is beneficial or
harmful to students in the long run. Before assigning weekend or over-break
assignments, check your school’s policy and ask other teachers what the norm
is. Even if the administration does not have a policy against break-time homework,
if other teachers do not assign homework over these periods as a practice, you
will hear about breaking from the norm sooner or later.
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