The kids are going to love it. It is something that all of us have wanted and asked for throughout our time in school. No homework! Have the Gods of forgiveness shined down upon the kids to finally let them have time away from school work? The schools doing this have cited reasons of allowing more time with family and with friends, but I am cautious and pessimistic about that.
As a professional who trains better processing skills, I have been very up close and personal with many families over the 28 years I have been doing this work. I know that the fights over getting homework done, tops the list of issues between parents and kids. As one of the more common things I would help parents solve, I knew that it was a way that parents could know what their kids were doing at school.
When I first heard the teaser about this story coming up while watching TV, the first thought I had was about Common core and the anger it has caused in many of the parents I talk to as well as the postings I see on various social media. None of those are positive and most are very critical. I have also talked to many friends of mine who feel the same way about their own kid's schools. I couldn't help but wonder if this was a way for what happens in school to stay in school. You know, like the ad for Vegas. What better way to tone down the battles and stop the opposition from the parents who are livid about the changes to their kid's day and school life? Common Core and maybe more with no pushback from parents.
When the clip came on, It confirmed my thoughts. What better way for parents to be cut out completely from what their kids are being taught and how. The hard part for me, is that most parents want to know what their child is doing in school. They want to be sure that the information being taught is good for their child and also appropriate. If this becomes normal operating procedure for all schools, I wonder how that will be possible?
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I got a great report back from a mom who was thrilled with something I asked her to do last week. I call it over correction. This is a 10 year old child who would do his homework but not bring it back to class. We are actively training his processing skills via live webcam sessions, and he is getting much better with his memory over time, but the mom wanted more immediate improvement, so I taught her this thing I have taught to many parents for 26 years with great success. The way it worked is they made several copies of the worksheet that needed to be handed in before it was printed on. If and when the child didn’t hand it in, he would come home and do the worksheet again, but 2 or 3 times. To not interfere in other homework, we said it could be done on the weekend. I told the parents not to go too crazy with it. We did not want him sitting and doing 20 of them. 3 was good. The idea being that doing it once always feels better than doing it 2 or 3 times. I am thrilled to report that today I got the news that after 2 sessions of doing that, he has started handing in all homework. As an added bonus, the mom was really happy because the extra work on the worksheet, helped him to solidify the info and now he knows it better. A win win!
* One caveat to this involves Common Core curriculum based assignments because from what I see and hear, there are many of those that have no answers or are so convoluted that even adults with Ph.D.'s cannot figure it out. To do this to a child trying to work on something like that would be illogical, useless and even worse, cruel. If it is logical to you and you can see an answer and the child is not getting it, it is a teaching moment. If it is a Common Core assignment with no logical answer or 102 steps to get somewhere, time to train some different skills and express your feelings to the school.
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