Ways to Help Students with Homework – Teacher’s Corner


Teacher’s Corner
The following are writing prompts and discussion topics about homework.
  1. Why do you think some kids have trouble sticking with their homework and getting it done? What do you think would help kids deal with this problem? Explain why you think it would help.
  2. Why do you think some kids forget the stuff they need when they go to school in the morning (completed homework, books, pencils, etc.) or what they need to do their homework (assignments, worksheets, books, etc.)? What do you think would help kids deal with this problem? Explain why you think it would help.
  3. Why do you think some kids make a lot of mistakes on their homework or schoolwork? What do you think would help kids deal with this problem? Explain why you think it would help.
  4. What other reasons do you think there are for why kids have trouble getting their homework done and getting it done correctly?
Teachers, you can use this blog in classrooms. Here are two ideas about how.
  1. For middle or high school parenting or child development courses:
    • Use the blog for discussion topics
    • Require students to research the topics and agree or disagree with what the blog is suggesting.
  2. For all courses, especially English Language Arts:
  • Use the blog for writing prompts for paragraphs, theme papers, journal entries, class starters, etc. Have students read the blog and respond to:
  • Do you agree with what is being said about kids? Do kids really act, think or feel that way?
  • Do you agree with what is being said about parents, grandparents, teachers and child caregivers? Do or should they act, think or feel that way?
  • What would be your advice on this topic?
  • What was left out of this article?
  • If you were a parent, would you use any of this information? How?
Why can this blog be a useful teaching tool?
  • Students that see connections between their coursework and their lives do better in school.
  • Most students will either be parents one day or have children in their lives that they care about, so the topical information can help them build their knowledge about children and parenting and develop a positive image of the type of parenting they want to do.
  • The new core literacy standards adopted by most states call for frequent writing in all courses.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can think critically. These prompts help students practice critical thinking.
  • Newly developed end-of-course assessments to be used by many states will require that students demonstrate that they can analyze what they read. These prompts help students practice analysis.